Who wishes to live among the people and be counted among the nations? The Christian church finds it difficult to live separately from the world. We are surrounded by the world in every aspect of our lives, which sometimes makes us yearn to be alone. The Lord would like to lead his people on a path of separation from the world. We become different from the world through God’s plan of purchasing us through salvation. His glorious calling, along with our inner experience, gives us the assurance that we are different.
We do not dwell in the presence of the ungodly or in the city of destruction, but through tribulation, we as Christians travel towards Canna. When the people of the world mock us, we are comforted and we accept it with joy, because we know that nothing can separate us from God’s blessing and our covenant with Him.
We are not a result of the planted seed of this world. They cannot partake of the fruit of our labor. We live in this world, but are not tied to it. We live under the law of their land but we are not like them.
Therefore it is good not to be of them but only live among them as strangers. Even though they call us fanatics we will dwell alone and not be reckoned among the nations.