Verse of the day
So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
When we receive salvation in Jesus Christ, we accord Him the roles of Saviour and Lord over our lives. He becomes the One who saves us from the evils of our past and the One who takes control of our future; we decide that we would live the rest of our lives dying to self, and pleasing Him. This is the ideal way to live because not for once did our lives belong to us.
Pleasing God with our lives must be our chief aspiration, and we cannot do this when we are in the flesh.
To be in the flesh isn’t to be interpreted as being physically alive or active, neither does being in the spirit (the opposite of being in the flesh) translate to living the life of a monk. No, to be in the flesh entails placing your desires above God’s desires for you. It entails being averse to the government of God. And this is perilous.
It should not come as a surprise that today’s verse focuses on the place of being above doing. Rather than write, “those who do the works of the flesh cannot please God,” he writes, “those who ARE in the flesh…” This is meant to point to the fore relevance of being over doing, the cause over the effect.
Ideally, as a believer, you are in the spirit. You are a spirit being and not a fleshly one. Your responsibility, therefore, when you appear to find a contradiction between your spiritual nature and how you live on the outside, isn’t to despair or be nonchalant, but to exercise yourself to continually know the Lord’s will for you, to let go of your will and desires and become subject to the Lordship of God over you.
To constantly lose yourself in submission to God is to live a life of faith in Him, a life of letting go and knowing that if you trust and obey Him, the end can only be beautiful. This is how to please God.
References: Romans 10:9
To constantly lose yourself in submission to God is to live a life of faith in Him, a life of letting go and knowing that if you trust and obey Him, the end can only be beautiful. This is how to please God.Click To Tweet
Dad, I acknowledge my position of being now born of the Spirit and not of the flesh. Henceforth, I give myself to live by faith, in trust and submission to Your Lordship over my life.
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