Lent – Day 26: Thursday, 18 March
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Paul goes on to describes that a life without Christ is earth-bound and humanist. Of course, there are people who profess faith in something beyond the earthly, but Christianity makes the bold claim that it follows the One and Only God who is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Furthermore, God desires to share his Father love into eternity, coming to us as the Son in human form that we may know his redemption, and placing the Holy Spirit within us.
Flesh by itself rots. Flesh inhabited by the Holy Spirit endures.
We have the promise of eternal life won for us by Jesus’ sacrifice, his victory over death and the Holy Spirit reviving us within, touching mind, body and spirit with life and peace. The Holy Spirit is more often a quiet worker, whose desire is to reveal Christ to us, and through Christ we see Father God. The Holy Spirit works night and day. I am reminded and encouraged by Paul’s encouragement: know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Paul may have placed this in the context of sexual moral behaviour, but it applies to all aspects of life, thought and action.
How would you rewrite for Christians the saying that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak?
How beautiful is your temple?
How will you look in eternity?
Father God, you do not stand aloof from that which you have created – the purpose of your creation is that it may reflect and rejoice in your glory. You have created me to know your love and to worship you for ever. I worship you. Amen.