The Christianity I have come to know is all about Christ. The Christianity I knew was all about me and what I could do for Christ. On the outside they may look the same but at the source they are much different. The life of a Christian is a life of deep fellowship and relationship with Christ and His body. Now that we see Christ as our life (singular and plural) He is to be the center (source) instead of ourselves.
I used to look at walking in the spirit as conforming myself to the image of Christ and trying to keep in step with the spirit making sure my life lines up with His. I now realize that is backwards. Seeing now that Christ Himself by His spirit is indwelling my spirit and has become my life has caused me to look at everything differently. I am learning to turn my heart to the Lord with an attentive dependence. Walking in the Spirit is a matter of hearing Him (what He is saying) and seeing Him (what He is doing) in any given circumstance then yielding to His life giving expression to Him. I can take no credit and no glory for any good that comes from me for only He is good. This is precisely how Jesus walked and lived, by the life of the Father.
Living by His life (walking in the spirit) is a day by day and even moment by moment choice. The only reason we can choose Him, choose to turn to Him, is because of this grace in which we now stand. See Romans 5:1-2 Let the Lord search your heart to see if it is still all about you and then no matter what you see about yourself turn to Christ. Remember that the Lord loves us with a matchless love and desires above all else that we know Him in a real sense. There are times that He will show us the true nature of our hearts and we can receive that because we know it isn’t in the context of condemnation. When we see ourselves as we truly are it also helps us to turn to Him more fully relying on Him more completely. This is His work though. Think about how while we were helpless, still sinners, Christ died for us making a way for us to be reconciled to the Father. What a love, what a Christ.
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