“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17).TEXT — 2 Corinthians 6:11-18
Frederick Charrington was the son and heir of a partner in one of London’s largest breweries. He was converted in his late teens and became an evangelical Christian. A year after his conversion, Frederick was passing by a tavern one night when he saw a woman waiting at the door. A man, obviously her husband, came out and she tried to keep him from going back in. With one blow of his fist the man felled her. Charrington ran forward and then he looked up.
The name above the tavern was his and he said, “With that one blow, that man did not only knock his wife out, he also knocked me clean out of that business forever”. From that moment, he gave up the family fortune he might have had and would rather not touch money earned in such a way.
Apostle Paul challenged the Corinthian believers to be different from unbelievers and separate themselves from any fellowship with them. They were expected to keep themselves unspotted from every form of pollution in the world because they are the temple of God.
Early Christians battled with a lot of issues for the sake of their faith and convictions. Many of them had to abandon their trade, when it involved promoting idolatry. Others suffered family separation when the unconverted spouse, father, mother or children turned against them for embracing Christ. The call to give up whatever ties might hinder our walk with the Lord is unequivocal.
Like Charrington, we cannot support a lifestyle that undermines our faith in Christ. When we come out and separate ourselves, the Lord will fully integrate us into His family and make us fulfil our destinies.
Thought for the day
Our distinctiveness requires distancing ourselves from every pollution.
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- EPHESIANS 1 – 3