Just as Jesus was not of this world, true Christians are not of this world. This is the time to remove confusion, since the apostolic times, in the first century. Those claiming to be blessed, materially, are either deceived or are the deceivers of other people. Paul demonstrated a lack of value, in the flesh, after having become a Christian. The same applies to all true Christians.
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and, to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! But it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” (Philippians 1:20-24 NIV).
Paul’s words are applicable to those having received the Holy Spirit. The purpose of living in this world is to exalt Jesus. Although Christ left the scene, He still exists among true Christians, who allow Him to freely dwell in their lives. Christians are therefore separated from those of this world.
Just as the purpose of Jesus was sacrificial, the purpose of true Christians is also sacrificial. Nothing is owned by true Christians. As Christ lived only to do God’s will, true Christians live only to also do God’s will.
Large crowds were travelling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples (Luke 14:25-33 NIV).
The above teaching is explicit, in terms of defining true Christianity. A new life is applicable to those who forsake everything, including their own physical lives, to follow Christ. In other words, it should be regarded as foolhardy for one to call himself a Christian, when ignoring the above Scripture.
Jesus drove this point home, using the parable of a king, engaging in war, unprepared. The devastating effects of the war parable, garner Christian participants to appreciate the magnitude of Christianity. I am aware of the love of Christianity, across humanity. But at the same time aware of the deception in Christianity, across humanity.