There were a group of early church leaders who got so worried about sinning that they hid in the desert so as to try and run from temptation. The problem is it didn’t work because sin actually isn’t just our reaction to external forces but actually comes from the fallen-ness of what is inside us, so even away from everyone these guys still sinned. So they tried to do things to keep their heads and hearts pure, one guy sat on a spike for years.
Yet I don’t think this sounds much like the life in all its fullness that Jesus promised (Jn.10.10)?
These guys were running from the world, trying to flee sin, yet discovered that such things are inescapable, we always take ourselves and our sin and baggage with us.
For me it poses a bigger question however of why are we here?
I don’t believe that our purpose once saved is to sit tight and wait for heaven.
Our call is not to escape the world but rather to transform it for Christ…
Let’s take a minute to look at a bit of the Bible:-
“You are the light of the world… No one lights a lamp and hides it under a bowl… a city on a hill cannot be hidden… You are like stars that shine in the night sky in a crooked and depraved generation… You hold out the word that gives life… You are Christ’s ambassadors…”
The Christian was never meant to be hiding in churchy bubbles, lurking behind closed doors and retreating from the world.
I remember interviewing for a schools worker who once said she had no non christian friends, her whole life was wrapped in the cottonwool of churchyness…
We get so worried about being contaminated by the world, that we forget we are meant to be the ones doing the impacting.
We need as Christians to grab hold afresh of the truths that “he that is within us (Christ) is greater than he that is in the world (Satan)”… “We have the same Holy Spirit within us that raised Jesus from the grave” and he can (and does) “do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine).
Instead of hiding from the world retreating into our comfort zones of churchyness lets live out our lives in the real world building real relationships with real people, let’s be confident in who we are and who God has called us to be, knowing that he shines out of us, as we seek to be a blessing, beautiful, Kingdom advancing people.