Today I would like to start a small series. The title of this series is: Are you spiritually sane? There are many carnal Christians in this world today. If we are not careful, we can be affected by those around us and begin to pick up their actions. If you have accepted Christ, I would like to challenge you to live as one who has taken on the new man.
1 Peter 4:7 says, "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." The word ‘sober’ in this passage is the same Greek word used in the account of the maniac of the Gadarenes. If you are not familiar with the story, you should read it. It is found both in Mark 5 and Luke 8. I would like to draw some parallels between the carnal Christian and this man who was tormented by demons.
One of the first things we notice about the maniac of the Gadarenes is that he dwelt in the tombs. (Mark 5:3, Luke 8:27) This man was alive, but he chose to live among the dead. Why? Why would anyone want to live with those who they no longer could communicate with? The idea seems absurd, but how often do we do the same? 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us to separate ourselves from this world because light cannot have fellowship with darkness. As Christians, we have been made spiritually alive. We can never again have intimate fellowship with those who are unsaved. Christ spent time with sinners, and was a witness to them, but He did not make them His closest friends.
I would like to challenge you, separate yourself to Christ. A Christian cannot have a complete and fulfilling relationship with someone who are spiritually dead. We should not attempt to keep our identity with sinners. God gives us an amazing promise to those who separate themselves to Him.
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." – 2 Corinthians 6:18