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“Making Spiritual Life More Practical”

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You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

- 1 Peter 2.9-10

Christians are a special people, set aside by God for special purposes. We have an amazing new identity in Christ. Because God wants us to spend eternity glorifying Him, we have been forgiven from sin and become sanctified. Now we live for God. It has been said that Christianity is the process of becoming what you are. God has made us new, 2 Corinthians 5.17. Because of this, we work each day toward living in the light. We recognize our holy identity and seek to live up to our position. This is why sin is such a disaster in our life. It defies everything about the new life which we have been given by God.

How can we make living in the light more practical?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you, James 4.8. In other words, we need to cultivate a relationship of intimacy with Christ. This will control our conduct.

Become more vulnerable. It does little good to hide our sin. God sees our life and our sin is obvious. So, we need to become more honest about our weaknesses and shortcomings. We need to seek help from spiritual mentors who will hold us accountable and encourage us to persevere. Learn to see and take advantage of the blessings your spiritual family and godly shepherds provide.

Totally surrender. We must get things in the open with God before any healing will take place. If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it, Mark 8.34-35.

Day by day, we walk with God. We, who are in Jesus, should be filled with gratefulness and inspired to faithfulness. May we live out a life of gratitude filled with thanksgiving.

— Matthew Allen