Christians are the light of the world, but not friends with the world. What does this mean practically? It means we follow Jesus’s example. He blessed and preached, but did not become friends with non-believers. He did not go to worldly places to relax with worldly people. In His moments of quietness, He developed friendships with believers.
The Apostle James cautioned against close association with non-believers. James 4:4 (NKJV), “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Worldly thinking, expressions, and appetites will influence us when we make worldly friends.
The Apostle Paul explained, “We are ambassadors for Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) If we, Christians, would always keep this scripture before our minds, what a dignity it would add to our characters! It would transform us and assist us in our battle against the low tendencies of the old man – now reckoned dead.
“Our citizenship is in heaven…” (Philippians 3:20) While we still live in the world, we are not part of it. Our allegiance and citizenship is to the heavenly Kingdom. Essentially, we are appointees of Christ’s kingdom while living amongst aliens and strangers. As representatives, we should feel both the dignity and honor of the position and its weighty responsibilities. We need always remember, “Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17)