Romans 8:4-9 – “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
It is a tough thing to walk the line.
As followers of Christ, we are supposed to be in the world but not of the world. (2 Corinthians 10:3) How are you supposed to be in something but not act like something? It’s like being at a football game when you really care nothing about football but find yourself cheering the team on and getting upset when they get a bad call. We are supposed to have the mind of Christ. Jesus is the One we are to be focused on and living for. But are you? Am I?
Most of the time I’m the one at the football game. I get caught up in the things of the world. “People are coming over. I need to get my house just so.” “I’m going to work today. I need to look nice. I don’t have time to study my Bible this morning. I’ll get to it tonight.” (And then tonight never comes because you are too busy.
We get caught up in appearances and stuff that really has no eternal value. We make a big deal out of nothing. We are being carnally minded.
So how do we combat this problem? It’s being around God’s people. It’s being in God’s word. It’s taking time to pray. I’m sure that there are a hundred other things that can be done to combat carnal mindedness, but these were just a few that popped into my head this morning.
Let me encourage you to make those choices to be closer to Him and closer to His people. The only way we are going to make a difference is by being different. And sometimes being different is difficult.
It’s the Christmas season. The holly crowd is making plans to attend church these next few weeks. This gives you (and me) a great opportunity to reach out to them for Him. We need to encourage them to get plugged in and be involved on a more regular basis. Jesus is waiting them. Jesus is waiting for us to be obedient. Walk on the side of the line that is following after Christ.