Not of the World


A certain man had a fine canary whose song was unusually beautiful. During the summer it seemed a shame to keep the bird inside. So his owner placed his cage outside in a tree. Many sparrows frequented the tree, attracted by the cage. At first the canary was frightened, but he soon began to enjoy his feathered companions. Gradually, however, he lost the sweetness of his song. At the end of the summer he had nothing left but the monotonous twitter of the sparrows.

Because he spent his time in the wrong environment, the canary lost the finest thing he had. Today, the Christian who spend his time in a worldly environment and neglects his church attendance, Christian fellowship, and daily living with Christ loses his power to testify for Christ.*


Read Romans 2:1-2 from your Bible.


Right now is there anything in your life that is displeasing to God? If so, what is stopping you from letting go of this sin and fully following Christ? Do you feel like you have been conformed to the image of this world or the image of Christ? What would your friends say? What do you think your relatives would say?

Prayerfully consider what you have read today. Then take a few moments to pray for yourself, your students, and others with whom you serve in ministry.


“I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition!” -Billy Sunday*

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*W. Herschel Ford, Sermons You Can Preach on John, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958) p. 350.
**Hutson, Curtis, ed. Great Preaching on Soul Winning, (Murfreesboro, TN: Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1989), page unknown.

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