The world means well. In their limited way, they do often reach out to be helpful. As the body of Christ, it is easy to buy in to the good intentions of the world and in the process walk away from the Lord. It is often the case that the world seems more caring and more kind than the Church. That is why many that are lonely and lost gravitate to the world rather than the church. The sad news is that in the end, the world captures and kills all it possesses. No matter how kind the start, the end is always unsatisfying and deadly. That is why we are told to live in the world but remain separate from its attitudes, actions and culture.
We are citizens of another land. We have died to the world and have been raised as new creatures in Christ. Abraham knew he should not take a gift from the Hittities. He would then be tempted to join with them. He was kind, respectful and grateful for the generosity, but he remained set apart from their culture and lifestyle. We need to be the same. We should always be kind and respectful and grateful for kindness in the world, but our lives need to remain different and driven by our love for Christ and not the circumstances. Like Abraham, we need to walk in a way that honors God in the midst of a world that simply could not care any less. Help me, Lord to remain in the world, but not like the world.
God Bless You
10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give[b] you the field, and I give[c] you the cave that is in it. I give[d] it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”
12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”
14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels[e] of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”
16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.
17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre —both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron ) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.