Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Christ Formed In Us
When a Christian is lured into the attempt to navigate his days by the flesh, the evidence of Christ in them will be absent to them—and around them. They may not truly know that Jesus is actually in them, perhaps because they’ve been trying to make it look like He’s there. “Christian manners” often become the fleshly default that covers over life by the Spirit and the actual “formation” of Christ in us (Gal 5:19). If I am taught and employ the “proper skills” of how to love others, it can easily become a fleshly put-on, rather than an authentic fruit of the Spirit—the look of love, rather than genuine love. It’s flesh produced, rather than Spirit produced.
Flesh can look good and it can look bad, but when life is not received from the Spirit, the Christian most likely has been led away from true life unto something else—faux life. Actual transformation by the Spirit does not much occur because fleshly manifestation has taken its place. Many accept this as normal—they’re hooked. However, this eventually leads to burnout because it is not normal for the Spirit-indwelled Christian. Life by the flesh is a contradiction and we will feel it.
As we increasingly trust and look to the Spirit in us, He will produce the evidence of Christ in us—the fruit of the Spirit. It’s then that Christ is formed in us. And that’s the way to life.