I’m loving this series through Romans 12. If you are just coming and hearing the messages on Sunday morning then you are missing out. To get the full effect you need to read the book and be part of Life Group too. As they say, “It’s all good!”
This Sunday I talked about the command of God for us Christians to separate ourselves from the culture we live in. One question that comes up in a message like this is, “How can I separate myself from this culture’s ungodliness, and yet still be among it?”
The answer lies with a fish in the ocean. Have you ever added salt to your sea bass, or tuna, or whatever? Why do you need to add salt to a fish that swam in saltwater it’s entire life. You would think that the meat in the fish would be naturally quite salty, but it isn’t. Why is that?
Insulation. The fish has a layer of insulation between the meat and the saltwater. No salt ever actually touches the meat. Fish swim in saltwater, but they never taste salty (but fishy sometimes!)
This is the key for the Christian in the marketplace, or on deck, or in the classroom. We can be of the world, but not be infected with it, because we have the proper insulation protecting us.
What is the insulation that protects us?
Listen to the words of Paul in Ephesians 6:1-18, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (NLT)
I call it insulation. Paul calls it the armor of God. This is how we insulate ourselves from the culture around us.