We all have a Choice.
Some would see this as radical Christianity, it isn’t. It’s Christianity as taught in the Bible.
The Choice is simple: To live and die by the flesh, or live and find peace by the Spirit.
The flesh and the spirit are something we are all born with. They do not work in sync with each other because of the fall.
The flesh wants comfort, pleasure and ease. It is always thinking about itself and how to fulfill its own desires.
The Spirit simply wants to do the will of God.
The flesh hates God’s will – for it is often difficult, self-sacrificing, messy and painful. It requires humility, absolute obedience and above all, TRUST in the Father. It requires faith that moves without seeing the future. This is living in the spirit.
When we are born again, or saved, we receive God’s own Spirit in our hearts. Yet, somehow, we still have to choose daily… which will I follow? The comfortable flesh? Or the somewhat uncomfortable, yet deeply- rewarding Spirit?
There are many Christians who love the thought of this spirit-led life. They watch all the faith building movies and love to read stories of others who have walked before them. Stories of courageous men and woman who have left comfortable lives to walk dangerous paths, who’ve witnessed to drug lords, who’ve stood before unreached villages and people groups; people who have been mistreated, tortured and martyred. They love to get their emotions stirred, to hear about God’s mighty hand in the lives of others.
Yet…never once do they step out of their own comfortable homes and take hold of this lifestyle for themselves. It doesn’t have to look the same, maybe it looks differently in your life… Sharing Jesus with your coworkers. Having unbelieving neighbours over for dinner. Striking up conversation with a discouraged stranger. Fostering a child who needs a loving home. Stopping and praying for the beggar. Yet although these things are possible for any one of us to do, most Christians simply aren’t doing them. They are far too comfortable in their own lives to look outside and see the needs around them.
A Christian who is inspired by the faith of others but is unwilling to go out and walk by the same faith themselves is a Christian who is still living in the flesh.
Reading a book about martyrs no more makes you a saint, then watching “Captain America” makes you a superhero.
Walking in the spirit requires action and faith of the most difficult kind: A kind that gets out of the pews to walk the broken streets.
We have been given everything we need to live the spirit-led life. The question is, are we willing?