“NO PART OF THE WORLD”(IN IMITATION OF CHRIST) (Have you already read the…
“NO PART OF THE WORLD”(IN IMITATION OF CHRIST)
“NO PART OF THE WORLD” — WHY?
In this context (...)
(...) the Greek word koʹsmos refers to the world of mankind apart from God’s servants (...)
(...) the unrighteous human society alienated from God.
We live among other people.
But as true worshipers, we support God's kingdom, not human governments and their decisions.
What situations may test my remaining separate from the world?
What are the decisions that this "world" takes, but which we do not support?
Fun: fun is good, but for many it is the main purpose of life.
Good health: no one wants to die, but at the moment the only real hope we have for a good health depends on doing the divine will.
Work career: (which means) to work a lot losing; family, friends and the most important friend, that is Jehovah.
When we do the divine will by imitating Jesus Christ, the world hates us.
We are hated because we do not participate in the activities just listed ....
... because we have other goals.
This expression is very strong. Very hard to accept and understand.
Nationalism: Greeting to the flag (which means idolatry) - To belong to the ruling party.
We must remember that there are only two sources of information.
Who molds you?
The answer is, the one you get information from.
One is Jehovah, and the other is Satan and his world.
If we accept the world’s ideas, the world will mold our thinking and we will think and act selfishly.
Where does this exhortation come from?
JESUS SHOWED US HOW TO REMAIN “NO PART OF THE WORLD
If we are present here, it is because we consider Jesus the best example to follow.
So, let's examine his example carefully.
Jesus shunned materialism.
When Jesus was born, Mary “laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the lodging place.”
If Jehovah had wanted to, he could have made sure that Jesus was born in a much better place.
But he wanted Jesus to be raised in a family that put worship to God first.
God personally chose Joseph and Mary to raise his Son even though they did not have a lot of money.
Jesus did not allow the world to influence him in any way.
He was not ensnared by what he saw (LUKE 4:5-8)
What a career opportunity.
Jesus did not yield to the flattery of the devil.
Think: become the master of the world in an instant.
He refused to make a showy display (LUKE 4:9-12)
Let God’s Word direct our thinking and actions (...)
(...) as Jesus did!
It looks like one of the games played today.
Jump from the top with the certainty of being safe.
What a stupid way to risk the precious gift of life.
He did not allow physical desires to dominate him (LUKE 4:1-4)
To have a moment of satisfaction through food, Jesus did not sacrifice his relationship with God. Certainly he would have been better (40 days of fasting).
Jesus rejected involvement in politics.
A third factor to consider is that those who have a part in voting a person into office, may become responsible for what he does.
We have chosen to obey Jehovah God and the king designated by him: Jesus.
Fourth, Jehovah’s Witnesses value their Christian unity.
When religions get involved in politics, the result is often division among their members.
In imitation of Jesus Christ, Jehovah’s Witnesses avoid becoming involved in politics and thus maintain their Christian unity. (John 6:15)
Second, the apostle Paul referred to himself as an “ambassador” representing Christ.
An ambassador must be neutral, and must not interfere in the internal affairs of the country where he is sent.
(...) we feel a similar obligation not to interfere in the politics of the countries where they reside.
As representatives of God’s heavenly Kingdom, (...)
Fifth, our keeping out of politics give us freeness of speech to approach people of all political party with the important message of the Kingdom.
So; as God's worshipers, we have decided to support Jehovah's government.
First, Jesus Christ said of his followers: “They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.”
Being “no part of the world,” we are neutral in the political affairs of the world. (John 18:36.)
CONQUER THE WORLD, AS JESUS DID
Looking at the image, we can see three important aspects.
2 -The disciples are paying attention to the teachings of Jesus.
3 - Jesus uses his example to encourage the disciples.
1 - Jesus and his apostles are gathered; with the purpose of encouraging!
Jesus explains what it means to be a faithful worshiper.
What does it mean: "YOU ARE NO PART OF THE WORLD" ?
First of all, he helps the disciples, therefore also all of us, to prepare the mind to act later.
Jesus is ready to encourage us:
If the world hates us, Jehovah, Jesus and our spitual family love us!
You are proving to be courageous!
Look around you.
But, we also need humility. (...)
THIS WICKED WORLD IS SOON TO END!
1 JOHN 2:17
His world and its desire will disappear forever!
Why is it possible to affirm that this world is dominated by Satan the Devil?
Listen to the words of this document from the Vatican archive and made public:
At the UN Assembly; sit the political representatives of nations, religions, and the world of commerce.
The governments and institutions of this world do not want the Kingdom of God.
They just want to do their interests; money and power.
With our conduct, our attitude, we can show that we truly love God.
Let us imitate our great example Jesus; our generous and loving king.
The love of God and of his Christ is worth more than any richness.
We must remain separate from this uncaring world!
This world can not offer anything, because it has nothing.
Let's do like Jesus; let's focus on the prize, with humility. Remember!
(...) the world is passing away and so is its desire...
but the one who does the will of God remains forever.
We know that the whole world—including (...):
and greedy commercialism
(...) is under the Devil’s control.
What will happen to this world?
How did Jesus show humility in his speech and in his actions?
During his earthly ministry, Jesus spoke and acted in ways that revealed genuine humility.
He outstandingly showed humility by his obedience.
He willingly performed the most menial of tasks.
He never talked down to his disciples or made them feel inferior.
He never called undue attention to himself.
Jesus taught his followers to be humble and willing to serve others.
Jesus showed honor to his apostles when he washed their feet.
We can show honor to others by not thinking too much of ourselves because of our:
privileges in Jehovah’s service
All of true worshipers must follow his pattern of humility!
We should work hard to become humble like Jesus and serve others.
Faith is important.
We must have faith that Christ is ruling as King (...)
(...) and will soon destroy this wicked world!
1 JOHN 5:3,4
the apostle John could write concerning the Christian congregation and its spiritual warfare:
“This is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.”
Faith and courage are related (...)
Jesus’ followers conquer hatred.
Jesus taught that Christians should love even their enemies.
Fear, ignorance, and prejudice cause divisions in the world.
Faith is based on evidence.
Faith is not credulity
Do we have faith?
Do we have faith that the Kingdom of God will solve the problems of humanity?
Have you already read the news today?
Wars and terrorism; how would you solve these situations?
Economic problems; which government do you think will improve the situation?
Work; in which countries will we have to go to find a better job?
What is the theme of this speech?