Knowing what we believe is important. We must have a tangible guideline and goal in order to grow in the right direction.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Bryan, my pastor, used a phrase yesterday in his sermon that caught my attention. He said that we are “blood-bought, Spirit-filled, with a God-initiated desire to please and serve the Lord.” Let’s look at each of these characteristics of a Christian.
1. Blood-bought: We are talking about those who have appropriated forgiveness through the blood of Christ. His sacrifice on the cross bought our freedom from sin. Now, we willingly give up that freedom to be bond-slaves to the heavenly Father. the apostle Paul said that he was a bond-slave to Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1). what is a bond-slave? Let’s look in Deuteronomy and see.
12 “If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. 16 But if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he is well-off with you, 17 then you shall take an awl, and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your [bond] slave forever. And to your female [bond] slave you shall do the same. Deuteronomy 15:12, 16-17
Being blood-bought means that we have been purchased, “You are not your own; you were bought with a price” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. We belong to Jesus by our own choice. Glad wrote a beautiful song called, “Pierce My Ear.”
2. Spirit-filled: Since the birth of the church, Christians have the distinctive trait of being filled with the Holy Spirit of Christ (Acts 2:4). The Holy Spirit lives in us (2 Timothy 1:14). Because we have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in us, we have access to the throne of our heavenly Father all the time (Ephesians 3:11-12, Hebrews 4:16). We must remember that “whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17).
3. God-initiated: God initiates the desire to please Him. When we were dead in our sins, His Spirit spoke to us through the message of the Gospel and we awoke. Those who answered the call of the Spirit to receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ were given His Spirit. It is the Spirit of God who lives in us that gives us first the desire and then the power to do His will (Philippians 2:13). Those who are Christ’s desire to please Him. It’s really that simple.
Here is our mantra:
We are blood-bought, Spirit-filled,
with a God-initiated desire to please
our Lord Jesus Christ in all things.
Let’s live out our mantra today.
Abba, easy to say–hard to do, unless we are depending solely upon the Holy Spirit. Our own strength will fail every time, but the Spirit never fails. Jesus lived by the Spirit and He never failed in righteousness and holiness. I want to live by the Spirit, too. Help me, Father, to learn all I can about Your Spirit and His workings in my life so that I can trust Him completely all the time. Amen.