Today we cannot imagine life without a cell phone or TV. Most of our households today have many devices connected online, and our lives are being more and more lived in the virtual world. I do not consider myself an old person, but I have seen so many changes in my lifetime that it is hard to believe. I remember the first TV that an aunt bought. We used to go to her house to watch the news after dinner. We had only one phone in the house of another aunt, so phone calls were made only in an extreme emergency.
Today I have more than one computer, a cell phone, and I am now connected to the internet 24 hours a day. This is good, but also is bad. It can be good if helps me to know what is going on, to keep in touch with friends and family. This can make all of us more productive. But also can be bad in the sense that we are influenced by those who control the system.
The word “world” can have many definitions depending on the context. It means the place where we live, and that is the meaning that we use most of the time. In this case, the Bible is clear that we are stewards of the creation, and we should take care of the earth. The word also means the society or the people who live here. This is why the Bible tells us that God so loved the world, and that we should be the light of the world.
But in John the word “world” takes another connotation. It means the system that opposes God. John makes clear that the world does not recognize Jesus: ”He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John 1:10.” Jesus talks a lot about that with His disciples. Here are some of those texts: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18.” He also tells them about the evil one who is behind the scene controlling the system: “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. John 12:31.” and “in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16:11.”
These texts with the others should help us to understand and see our world through a different prism. We must know that we live in a world that is fighting against God and against Jesus. Jesus uses the word hate and trouble, as in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
When we become aware of this, knowing that we live in enemy territory, we finally will realize the extent of our call to be witnesses to the world, the importance of surrendering our lives to Jesus everyday, and the need to be part of a community of disciples to support each other.
Do not forget my brother and sister, we are all in this together.
Have a blessed week,