If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 (ESV)
How will you live your life? I’m not sure that I understand your question. Isn’t there a lot of different ways that I could live my life? Isn’t life filled with an almost unlimited amount of choices? On one hand, you are right, life does offer an almost unlimited number of possible choices. On the other hand, you are wrong. How so? Really, there are only two choices to make in life. I find that hard to believe. How could there be only two choices in life? You have my full attention. That’s good. Listen carefully to what I am about to say to you. You will have the choice of living by the Spirit or living by the flesh. There is no middle ground. One choice eliminates the other. If you choose to life by the flesh, you will be rejecting living by the Spirit. If you choose to live by the Spirit, you will be rejecting living by the flesh. I get it. I understand. I now see how there are only two choices in life. That’s good.
I want to live by the Spirit. I will reject living by the flesh. Good choice. How did you first begin to make that choice? I turned away from living my old sinful life. I asked you to forgive my sins. I asked you to cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. I said that I want to love, follow and serve you. I said that I would follow you to where you lead me. I said that I would do what you ask of me. I turned my life over to you completely. Yes, you did. What did I do for you? You forgave my sins and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. You filled me with your Holy Spirit. You are now leading and guiding my life. Every day, I am following you. Yes, you are.
Let’s talk more about following me. Let’s talk more about your living your life for me. I’m listening. You made one of two choices. Yes, I did. That wasn’t the end of all your choices in life, was it? Certainly not, I have many choices to make every moment of every day. Yes, you do. How will you make all those choices? All my choices in life will be guided by the one choice I made of deciding to live by your Spirit. I want to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to keep in step with you every day of my life. I want to live by your Spirit. That is very good.
Holy Spirit, I have left my old sinful life behind. Thank you for coming into my life. I want you to lead my life. Help me to keep in step with you. Guide me to where you want me to go. Give me what you want me to do. Use my life to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God.
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