Part 4: The Spirit Guided Life

{Colossians 3:1-4; NLT}
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

The teachers who have had the most profound influence on our lives are those teachers who have shaped the way we see the world. A good example of that type of teacher in my life is Mr. McCoy. Mr. McCoy taught many of the entry level classes at Nebraska Christian College: Bible Survey, Life of Christ, and Basic Bible Doctrine.

One of the key themes that Mr. McCoy emphasized was theme of covenants. He taught us that God, throughout the Bible, dealt with people through covenants. Mr. McCoy helped me understand the importance of covenants and now that theme plays a major role in the framework that makes up my worldview.

To be led by the Spirit requires us to ask the Spirit to guide our lives and to commit to follow the Spirit’s guidance no matter what the consequences might be. The third and final step I want to mention is that we need to adopt an entirely new framework for understanding the world.

The apostle Paul wrote that we are to set our “sights on the realities of heaven” and to “think about the things of heaven.” Our worldviews are often marred with philosophies, teachings, and politics that belong to this world. This distorts our understanding of God and what He is doing in the world. To combat that reality we have to meditate on the truths that the Holy Spirit teaches us.

The Holy Spirit will not give us a brand new set of truths. What the Holy Spirit will do is to give us clarity and understanding of God’s Word so we can apply it to our lives. For these truths to do us any good we have to put them into our minds, we need to meditate on them, imagine ourselves living that way, and think about ways to implement them into our lives.

This is not going to be easy. Much of the time the truth the Holy Spirit reveals to us will contradict to the wisdom of the the world and the way we have grown accustomed to doing things. It will, quite frankly, feel like foolishness. This is why we need to “set” our minds, because we need to be intentional about doing it. We will not adopt the worldview the Holy Spirit is teaching us by accident. Adopting this new worldview requires effort on our part.

It is crucial for us to remember that when we were baptized we died with Christ (Romans 6:1-8). The life that we live, our real life, is in him. We no longer live to please ourselves, but to do his will.

Jesus is not an addition that we make to our lives which gives us assurance that we will go to heaven when we die. When we surrender our lives to Jesus we commit to doing his will, our lives are no longer ours to live anyway we please. To live the life that Jesus wants us to live requires adopting the worldview that the Spirit provides for us. That is why it is crucial for us to set our minds on the things of heaven. We need God’s perspective on life.

Questions to Consider:

  • What can you do to set your mind on the things of heaven?
  • How has the Holy Spirit changed your thoughts and beliefs about life and the world?
  • Is the life you are living the life Jesus wants you to live?
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