Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Two ways to Live (Part 2)

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8)
As I said in the previous post, these verses outline what it means to live for God and what it means to live for yourself. In this post we will be looking at what it means to live for God.

Living according to the Spirit

He has dealt with our spiritual death and as a result we have eternal life and hope, and our whole attitudes have changed: We were slaves of sin, now we are willing slaves to God, who’s burden is easy and light (Matthew 11:30).

We have the Holy Spirit in us (if we are Christians) - God living in us to help, encourage, grow, challenge, rebuke and strengthen us.

As I said before, "the mind" refers to what we are focused on. As Christians we need to be focused solely on God: we need to give up sin and obey him. We were created to glorify God and through Jesus we can do that. If we have the Holy Spirit in us, then we need to desire what he desires. How do we know what he desires? We need to read his word. God wants us to obey him. He wants us to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. (Gal 5:22-23). If you were a professional basketball player you would play basketball fairly often right? If you’re a Christian, are you living like it? We all stuff up, but in Jesus there is forgiveness. But what is your life characterized by?

Micah 6:8
"what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." 
The Result:

What is the result of our salvation? Life and peace. Instead of being dead in sin we are made alive in Christ. We have the promise of eternal life in heaven! We have peace for a number of reasons: 
  • There is complete forgiveness in Jesus so we do not need to feel guilty if we have repented of our sin.
  • We have the sovereign, all-powerful, creator God protecting us and therefore we don’t have to fear anything. 
  • We also know we will have eternal life with him at the end no matter how much we stuff up if we are genuinely his people.
But most of all we have peace with God. We were his enemies, directly attacking him with our sins, yet in Jesus we are adopted as Children, moved from death to life, from condemnation to grace. We can now glorify God like he created us to do. What a glorious Savior! What a marvelous creator!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Nathanael Muscat is in his last year of high school. He was brought up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior as he was growing up. He started his blog, Only In Christ, about a year ago.

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