“I have to be separate from the world; there is too much at stake to lose my salvation, to risk compromise, or to possibly grieve the Holy Spirit.”
We are commanded to be in the world by Jesus, and he set the example – he became human. That single act alone demonstrates to us the extreme nature of incarnational ministry. I’ve often wondered if Jesus, when he became flesh, somehow for all eternity gave up his spiritual form and is now and for always tied to a fleshly body. Not that it matters, but it does make me wonder…
Paul wished that he could trade in his salvation if it would mean that his fellow countrymen would be saved – that’s a significant selfless attitude.
And of course, there is Paul telling us that he ‘became all things to all people’ – which tells me that we need to take the risks, we need to essentially get dirty in order to seek and to save the lost.
We can’t simply call to folks from a comfortable and safe distance. We need to risk death in order to save a few; and we are promised that this is the ultimate expression of love.