The correct attitude that we as Christians should have toward the call of the world versus the call of God, is exemplified in the apostle Paul when he told the Galatian church:
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Simply put — a worldly lifestyle is foreign and inconsistent with the life we are to live “in Christ,” because we have been crucified with Him.
To be crucified with Christ means that we have died with Him with regard to the lusts and sinful desires of this world. Our “walking in newness of life” — separate and apart from the world’s influence — is fully explained in Romans 6:3-7. Our dying with Christ means that we no longer live for self, but for our Savior.
Through our faith in the Lord, we can successfully determine the best course in life to follow by His standard for our life — His word. The desire of our heart should always be, “Lord, help me to make Your will, my will.” Until we determine in our mind to do the Lord’s will instead of our own, we will find ourselves caught between God and the world — the result being inconsistency in our daily Christian walk. By our determination to live for Christ, we can transform our life to His example, thus having Christ live in us.
As we daily strive to walk with the Lord in our Christian walk, may it never be said of us that we look like those in the world. May we never knowingly live inconsistent lives before people we come in contact with on a daily basis, but instead, be willing to continually examine our faith by the inspired will of God and conform our lives to it. When the people of the world truly see Christ living in us, by our daily living and example, they will more likely be motivated to seek that same lifestyle. They will then be more conducive to hearing the gospel of Christ and rendering obedience to it themselves. This week, live for God’s will and not your own.