“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Our walk with God begins in the glorious Gospel; we never forget this. In fact the Lord brings us back to it each time we share communion together as a church body. We are reminded, pictorially of His broken body which paid for sin and the blood that was shed which signified the beginning of a new covenant. Not a covenant in religious repetition – taking animals, grain or other sacrifices to the temple and not a covenant that involves an Earthly priest.
The Gospel which when applied to the believer, begins to change his or her life from the inside out. This change from the inside out is what allows us to do more than externally conform to religious norms. Our change from the inside out allows us to be transformed and worship God as He designed us to. Instead of being “dead in trespasses and sins” we are made alive or “quickened” to do that which is right.
Instead of asking “What do I do?”, let’s ask “What should I be?”. If we were to ask an even better question, we would say, “What (or who) should our focus be on?”. Now we have a question that will lead us to the right path. If we want to start doing what glorifies God, what is right, we need to have the correct focus. If our focus is toward ourselves – our strength and our effort, then we have misplaced our focus. The focus must be placed rather on what the Holy Spirit tells us to do, how He leads us, rather than on trying to remember and discipline ourselves in our own strength.
A person may ask inquisitively, “How does on know the leading of the Spirit”? A great question indeed, and one we will only begin today. This is a question that leads to the first baby steps of walking with Christ if you have never discovered the way of His leading.
Let’s first look at a couple elements Jesus spoke of in John 16:7-8. First, we want to look at the name Jesus gave to the Holy Spirit. He is the “Helper”, or another term we use for that is the Comforter. I don’t know about you, but when I think of comfort, I don’t think of someone coming alongside and beating me with a stick. Yet that is how many people view the Holy Spirit. Likewise, when I think of comfort, I don’t think of out of control screaming, yelling, falling over etc. I think of comfort by the means of peace.
As we continue to look deeper into the Christian’s life, however we also find that there is a convicting work of the Holy Spirit. If you have ever been in a place where you need that convicting work, you know how blessed we are to have the gentle hand of God reminding us of His words and showing us the path to righteousness. We are going to explore this more in the days and weeks ahead.
Ask yourself today, do you know the work of the Holy Spirit and are you hearing His voice in our every day lives?