“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Jesus often uses the natural things in the world to help us understand and teach us spiritual things. In this verse, you could say He gives us a sort of meter by which we can evaluate ourselves to see how we are walking. How does the world view you? If you are anything like what I was—the world doesn’t find you that peculiar (I Peter 2:9).
When we become Born Again of God, our citizenship is transferred to the kingdom of God. We are still in this world, but we are not of this world, and this is why it says that the world should hate us—that is, if we are being true to who we are. I remember times when I really struggled at knowing who I was in Christ—How I was suppose to live my life? I read the Word and experienced great things, but I was looking at other Christians and it was confusing to me. And so my walk did not always match who I was in Christ. I was going with the flow—trying to fit in with the rest of the Christian crowd, but Jesus wants us to follow Him. Other Christians are learning to walk also—we might follow them into a stumble.
Matthew 7:14 says, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” If we are following the crowd (I’m talking of the Christian crowd), we might be in trouble. I have found that if I look to Christ, and followed His example, then I can be a light for others to see Him
more clearly. Other Christians should always point us to Christ, but our eyes
are to be on Jesus, not others. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” May all that you do bring glory to the Lord, who is the Savior of the whole world.
Father, Thank You for choosing us for Your own. And thank You for Your patience while You grow us into Your likeness. Continue Your work in us and mold us to Your liking. Thank You for being our one and perfect example. In Jesus’ name, Amen.