Picture in your mind a boat. A boat to be a boat needs to be in the water. To function as a
boat it must be in the water. A boat should be in the water, but the water should not be in the boat. But the more the water is in the boat, it runs the risk of sinking and no longer being a boat!
Jesus said it this way. “Be in the world, but not of the world.” In other words, we should be in the world, but the world should not be in us.
James captured this ethic in saying, “He who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.” He spoke of an intimacy, for the NT Greek word “friend” was also used for the word “kiss.”
Do not kiss the world. Be in the world, but don’t let it sink your boat!