Very distinct from this poor, fallen, degraded world!
(James Smith, "Higher Ground")
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ — set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above — not on earthly things!" Colossians 3:1-2
The believer, as one with Christ, as redeemed from among men, as a child of God — ought to be very distinct from this poor, fallen, degraded world!
But alas, we are too often mixed up with the world — and are too much like the world! We forget the dignity of our high calling, and our glorious destiny — as the heirs of eternal life.
Rise therefore, like the liberated eagle.
Leave the world with all its follies and fascinations!
Set your heart on Heaven and heavenly things!