On my last post, I wrote about there not being a gray area, meaning that we either walk in the light of God or we walk in the shadow of the world/satan. This is an important lesson that I have been sharing with my children and I wanted to share it with all of you. However, today I would like to go a little deeper into this lesson. I would like to explain why we should not live a fake life in the “gray” area. I will first do this by sharing a simple fact taught in the Bible and then sharing the importance of having a godly mindset.
It is written, “No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him,” (1 John 3:9, AMP).
This piece of Scripture is clear about how a Christian should be living. Notice how the author identifies the children that are born “of” God. These children are those who have submitted their lives to His son and are filled with the Holy Spirit to guide them. These people with God’s seed within them or His Spirit, hold on to the principles that He has revealed to them not only in Scripture but in their hearts. These people who are born again are spiritually transformed and renewed. Not only that, but God sets them aside for His purpose. These people living in the light are usable and fruitful for the Lord. Then, the author goes on to explain that a person who is truly “born again” cannot habitually sin because they live a life that longs to please their Heavenly Father. Their reverence for God is what keeps them from habitually sinning. In other words, they keep their eyes on their prize and that is pleasing God and living a life worthy of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The author of this Scripture was letting his audience know what the foundation of godly living is all about. It is about being born again and transformed by the love of God, humbled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and being convicted by the Holy Spirit. These people walk in the light and they understand that there is no gray area. These “born again” Christians live a life of example and this is why the Lord can use them. Regardless of their circumstances, God is good and they are willing to crucify themselves and carry their crosses. However, this cannot be done without the proper perspective.
Notice, the way that someone thinks guides their actions and words. A person that is always looking up at the cross and not down on this earth will choose to glorify Him in every aspect of their lives. If we can take a knee and look up at the cross, we can understand that just as Jesus humbled himself before the world as an example for us to follow and out of obedience to God, we cannot have the option to not do the same, especially, if we are calling ourselves Christians. If we are truly born again, every fiber in our very being should be yearning to glorify Christ. It is that simple. It is not a very complicated way of living, challenging yes, but not impossible. This is why we have the conviction and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
This message is clear, how we think and see the world directly impacts how we live, speak, and act. If we keep the perspective that no matter what goes on in our lives that we will not sin against God since we have accepted His son in our lives, then we will feel the conviction when we do something that does not glorify Him. Thinking soberly minded (1 Peter 5:8) is how to start this transforming journey out of the gray area that many of us have slumped ourselves in. Then, remember to keep our thoughts focused on above and not on ourselves or this world. When we can do this it is a humbling experience. It will guide you to understand that we live “in” this world but are not “of” this world anymore since we are “born again.” This is the only way to live a life in the light of God.
God knows that we are not perfect, this is why the Scripture stated: “habitually sinning.” We all fall short and we will never be perfect, however, this is not justification to continue sinning. It is a simple reminder of the mercy of God and the love of Christ that is constantly willing to cover us from our sins each time we truly repent of them. Now, by understanding this, I pray that if there are any people reading this that find themselves convicted because they themselves are living in a “gray area” can repent of their sins and their mindset. I pray that we can all stay focused on the Kingdom of Heaven and not on ourselves or this world. I pray that we all can be transformed and rejuvenated daily by the Holy Spirit and that we never forget the sacrifice of Jesus Christ because this is the only way to live in the light!