Christians live in but not of our world.

John 17:16,18

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

A sheep and pig became friends. After hanging out during the day it was time to go home to the shepherd. The pig led the sheep in a short-cut through a field. In the middle of the field was bog, a large patch of deep mud.

The pig charges into the mud and wallows with abandon. The sheep can’t avoid the mud and also ends up in the mud. Now they are both in the mud. The pig is wallowing and laughing. The sheep is bleating for help.

The pig is in the mud and of the mud. The sheep knows, I am in the mud, but this is not who I am. The mud is my reality but it’s not my truth. So the sheep refuses to accept the mud and bleats for help.

The shepherd hears the sheep bleating and comes to help. The pig is so at home in the mud he ignores the shepherd refusing any help. The sheep rejoices as the shepherd rescues him from the mud. The sheep is learning, don’t let the pig lead you into the mud.

My purpose in this story is to show what it means ‘to be in the world’ and ‘not of the world’. And that we realise what world we are of by our reactions to what happens to us.

What’s your response to this story? What can you add to the story? What could be a better picture? Let me know in the comments below.

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