“I am not asking you to take them out of the world but to keep them safe from the evil one.”
This is part of Jesus’ prayer before He is arrested.
Jesus has revealed the Father to His disciples. His prayer is not for the world but for His followers. All who are Christ’s belong also to the Father.
During His time on earth, Jesus protected the disciples by the power of the Father’s name. The world hates them because they do not belong to the world. His prayer is not to have the disciples separated out of the world but for the Father to continue to protect them.
The world is hostile to those who truly follow Jesus because we are not like the world. We don’t fit because Jesus has transformed our values and priorities.
When Jesus speaks of the world, He is not talking about individual unbelievers but about the powers and principalities, the spiritual forces that direct the culture in which we live.
Jesus sends us into this world not to be overcome it but to transform it one life at a time.
We are not to expect an easy ride through life. Nor should we expect to be isolated from the world with its antagonism, temptation and pressures.
Lord help me to stand for you in the world, to overcome and not be overcome. Amen.