“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17.14; ESV)

The Word is the separating factor. As Jesus gave the apostles the word which would separate them, we have been given the word of God which separates us.

The effects of the truth makes us a peculiar people (1 Peter 2.9; KJV) or as the English Standard Version translates it, “a people for his own possession.” The peculiar life of a Christian is not peculiar to the Christian but peculiar to the world. Christians are living “in” the world but not “of” the world. They are products of the living Christ, not a dying world.

What separates you from the world?

Do people see you as living differently than the world?

Are people shocked when they find out you are a Christian?

Just some thoughts,