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Sep 13, 2016

Jesus prayed that his disciples would not be taken out of the world but instead they be in the world not of it. To some the phrase “in the world not of it” suggests being in the world reluctantly, temporarily, withdrawing and separating ourselves from its influences. But Jesus ends his prayer saying to the Father, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

So what is Jesus saying to His disciples? This I think. “I want you to be “in” the world the same way I was “in” the world. Why was Jesus sent into the world? Jesus gave one answer in Luke 4:18, 19. "The Spirit of the Lord is on me…to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." By command and by example Jesus compels us to be “in” this world as He was sacrificially, generously, compassionately. When we live in the world that way, we change the way the world we live in is.

I get excited when I see our missionaries preaching both the good news about the world to come, and living the good news in the world right now, entering into the world’s troubles that disproportionately oppress the poor and proclaiming to these sweet people the year of the Lord’s favor.

By David Langford, Board Member