One important concept of Christianity is the idea of how the leadership of the Holy Spirit evokes “change”.
Change is inevitable in all cases! These changes occur by choice, by nature and even by occurrences. We may have
minimal control to any changes by nature (i.e. aging) or specific occurrences (i.e. life perils), but we have considerable
influence upon other choices. In Biblical terms this is considered “free-will-choice”—our
God given right to choose. It is the most precious of all gifts God granted to us, aside from life itself. We
may choose to love Him, follow Him, etc. or we may deny Him admission into our lives. The whole of the ministry of Christianity
is our striving to give people the choice, by telling them of God’s interaction with them.
choice to follow God, we find we become changed—transformed. This transformation is evident in all aspects of
our lives, but mostly we find an inner peace where we experience a relationship with God—as He intended from the beginning.
“…you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility
of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God…”
Ephesians 4:17b-18a This is brought about by our Biblical belief that Jesus paid the price for our sin. The change occurs
as we find ourselves experiencing this “personal relationship” with God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
That’s right, God lives within us—thus evoking changes we could never realize any other way. How does
this unity we experience “enable change” in our lives? Unity with God opens the door for us to have
fellowship! This word is not used daily in our society, but it is revealing—i.e. camaraderie, solidarity, friendship.
Unity changes us when we interact with others and they become a part of our experience.
This unity raises another issue with this interaction. We hold up each other—accountability—to encourage
and strengthen. We are there for each other and thus, we expect each other to adhere to the leadership of the Holy
Spirit. In other words, it is far easier to stay the course when we have others there to share the burden, to advise
us, sharing the emotional upheavals and to celebrate our victories. “Let no
corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace
to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 Our ability to accomplish
this Scripture is an example of how we uplift each other and hold each other accountable for the Truth of the Gospel.
This is the reason for the Church in the first point—that we become a family. This family is not based upon blood
relationships, but upon a “spiritual” relationship. We thus are a people who learn to share all aspects
of our lives, especially the difficult times.
Our experience with unity also brings
up the fulfillment of an important Biblical concept. How does the lessons of “walking in love” through
Christ change us? Our ability to walk in love is the greatest of all lessons learned from our relationship with
God. The human captivity to love is limited by our life’s experiences. When we apply His Holy Spirit into
our lives, we far exceed any limits. We are changed—transformed—by our ability to love and to learn to grow
in Grace. The Grace that we receive from God is the most important aspect in that growth. This growth is only
limited by our ability to open our hearts to fellowship with God and others around us. When we place limits upon loving,
we also limit God’s ability to bless our lives. Walking in love through Jesus changes all aspects of who we are
and we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. “And be kind to one another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
How does this
relationship with God teach me about being “loved, rescued and united”? Our ability to realize our
state is important to our eternal destiny. When we say we are loved, we learn to love! When we say we are rescued,
we realize our frailness and need of deliverance! When we say we are united, we realize all are in the same situation!
This relationship with God opens the door for us to realize our need to express our inner-self through our relationship
with God. This also includes our ability to express what we have learned from God and share that with others around
us. “…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old
man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on
the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
To put off
the “old man” may only be done by realizing that God loves us, that He rescues us and that He unites us together
by this personal relationship. We are no longer alone! We no longer have to face the world alone! God’s
love has given us an opportunity to embrace His World. That World is one of love and harmony with each other and God.
The renewing of our mind and spirit is found in our newfound relationship with God. We learn to love in a capacity we
never could realize without Christ. We learn to reach out to others and share with them how Jesus died for their lives
to be united with God for eternity. Our new relationship is one of wonderment far beyond our ability to comprehend—yet,
it is real and active in our lives. You may have that love, that forgiveness and that unity by seeking God.