Indian Pottery by Hrishikesh Karambelkar

Indian Pottery, a photo by Hrishikesh Karambelkar on Flickr.

Here’s something I’ve come to realize:

If my focus is on what I can’t do, or what I always do wrong, or what I wish or regret—then my focus is not on the Spirit, but on the flesh. The flesh is what you or I are apart from God. In other words, it’s what’s left of us if God leaves us alone, if he leaves us to our own devices.

Fortunately, God doesn’t leave us alone.

He is always there, his power always available. And he’s always pressing us, whispering to us, encouraging us, nudging us, chipping away at the unyielded, ungainly, unworthy parts of us. Reshaping, repurposing, refinishing.

This is how his Spirit works on us and in us and through us.

And that is where our most helpful focus should be: How has God made me? How is God reshaping me? What is he revealing to me about my purpose? What should I be doing in light of that?

Even more basic than that:

  • What is God whispering to me as he works on me today?
  • And how am I going to respond?

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:5-6

If you were encouraged by this post, you’ll love this video:

Pierre Du Plessis—More Than Dust

 

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