“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” – Billy Graham
These are such true and encouraging words.
Many people wrongly believe in order to become a Christian, they must instantly become this perfect person.
Well, I have news for you.
There was only one perfect person to ever walk this earth and His Name was Jesus Christ.
We are not and can never hope to be perfect. However, we are to be Christ “like,” which means to follow His examples and try to live up to them the best we can.
Whether we are new Christians or old ones, it is important to focus on our spiritual connection to Christ. Romans 8 explains this. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we do not walk “after the flesh, but after the Spirit“.
This simply means our focus becomes of a spiritual nature and due to that we build on our Christianity each and every day.
5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
This is so true, but again, this is not instantaneous. It takes time as we mature and grow in the Word of God.
Before we knew Christ, we focused on the flesh, the desires of the flesh, whatever that may be to you. But after we accept Christ and study our Father’s Word, so many of those fleshly desires simply fall by the wayside.
This does not mean we no longer have thoughts of the flesh, we are in the flesh, and to some degree, that will always be there. Your take away here, we allow our spirit to do our thinking as our spirit is after God’s Spirit and not after the will of the flesh.
That is the point of this verse, if you are after the flesh, the things of the flesh you will do. If your focus is on God, the things of God you will do. It will show in your works.