Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!
As women of God who passionately follow Jesus Christ, the Living God, we need to be intentional in how we live. For this, let’s look to our God-given instruction in today’s passage.
3 In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. 4 Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too. 5 In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought (Phil. 2, ERV).
We have not been called to allow our flesh (that is, our sin nature) to continue reigning. Instead, we need to allow our lives to have a much different guide. His name is Jesus Christ, and He holds all things together (see Col. 1:17).
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, is who we need to seek after, and allow Him to transform us.
In Galatians 5, we are urged to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives.
Jesus Christ went through unbearable pain to bring us reconciliation and our new life. Let’s not forget the moment He lit up our dark world (see Eph. 2).
We have been given new life, but often we are still living our old life versus the new one of great cost. God can radically change our lives, as we walk closely with Him.
We can lay down our selfishness and pride.
We can surrender our old way of doing things.
Our relationships can experience radically reconciliation.
As women passionately seeking Jesus, He can take us from a world of darkness and give us His amazing light – which includes an identity rooted in Him where we are made whole.
The Transformative Power
Even though our lives seem like a disaster (ohh I am sorry, maybe that’s just my life?), God is going to transform our hearts and lives – as we seek Him.
From the moment where we began to follow Jesus the Christ, we have had the Holy Spirit, the Transformer, take up residence in our lives. God is pursuing us, and loving us unconditionally. He will work in our lives, as we draw near to Him.
This same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead – is working in you and me. Our lives are not hopeless. On the contrary, our lives are exploding with hope.
When we are guided by the Holy Spirit, everything becomes much clearer. We can move into the person God is making us to be. We will no longer be empty, because we know our need for God and find our wholeness in Him (see Col. 2:10).
The entire fullness of deity dwells in Christ; therefore the experience of fullness is to be found in him, and in him alone. Christian experience is indeed filled with significance and power (Asbury Commentary).
Featured image by Rémi Walle.