As a Christian, we walk a fine line in this world. As followers of Christ, we are called to stand apart of the world, beacons of light in the darkness. There are several calls of action in Scripture that reminds us not to bury our heads in the sand, cutting off from humanity because of the grace we received.

This was especially prevalent when the Scriptures were written with the Jews who preserved their culture by keeping the world at bay. They were God’s chosen people and by that right, they should have stood out, preserving the faith that was promised through the old testament. But too often it led to distancing themselves from any part of the world, ignoring the grace that can even be found in the Old Testament.

Then Jesus came, fulfilling the prophecy and law of the old testament, but He didn’t come just to save the Jewish people, He came for the world, for any that would come to Him.

And unfortunately, this is still a problem. We can fall into the trap of taking ourselves out of the world and forgetting that the world is who we are trying to reach. It’s a fine line of being in the world and not of the world. It’s safer and easier to pull away, because if no one knows you’re a Christian, you won’t be ridiculed or, vice versa, if you publicly declare superiority like that of the Pharisees, no one will take you very seriously or be interested in what the Bible has to offer.

So how do we stand out and not shut out?

Paul lays out in 1 Corinthians 9:19 his ability to reach to the world around him: For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

He goes on to explain that he adopted the cultures of those he was trying to reach, he genuinely loved and cared for the people he came in contact with, he continually sought the will of God over his own comfort and desires. Put it simply, Paul followed Christ’s example, outpouring God’s grace and love to those around him.

As a Christian, we walk a fine line in this world. As followers of Christ, we are called to show this world the love of Christ, no matter how uncomfortable, ugly, or dark the world may seem. If there’s one thing this world needs, it is Jesus Christ, our Savior.