May 30

John  3:9-17

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” vs. 17

We are regularly reminded by scripture that followers of Jesus are to be “in the world, but not of the world.” It’s a distinction that can be difficult to maintain as we live out our lives. The world is full of temptations and offers multiple deceptive possibilities for finding happiness and fulfillment. Some have even concluded that the world is by nature evil and an enemy of God. Of course nothing could be further from the truth! As John puts it clearly, God has a passionate sacrificial love for the salvation of the world. In fact that’s why the Word became flesh in Jesus! John believed that as people came to know Christ the world would be transformed and its inherent goodness would be made visible. There are times when we wonder whether John’s dream was pure fiction–often it appears as though the world hasn’t been touched by the presence of Christ. But that’s just not the case! Christ is not only in the world, but through the Spirit is reconciling all things to the Creator. In every generation spirit-filled people are enlightening the world with love and compassion. They are in the world, not as adversaries of the world, but as lovers, and through them, the world’s blessings are being used for goodness’ sake.

Thought for the Day: Am I being tempted or blessed by the world?

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