“If you have really heard the Anointed One and have been taught by Him, just as the truth is in Jesus[revealed in His life and personified in Him], that regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self[completely discard your old nature] which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind[having fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude] and put the new self[the regenerated and renewed nature] created in God’s image, in the righteousness and holiness of the truth[living in a way, that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]” Ephesians 4:21-24
Christ is never built in our lives from the outside in! His character in us is built from the inside out. What do I mean by this? When Christians discover their calling or whatever position they have in the church, they begin building their ministry, their reputation, they invest so much in all those things focusing on how much head knowledge they can get…why?! Because they love their ministry, they love their reputation. And yet they put aside one thing that matters the most-the love of the Holy Spirit Who came to give it to us. It’s written in Romans 5:5- that love of the Holy Spirit has been poured out in our hearts. You see, the Holy Spirit doesn’t have the same focus as we do most of the time. We focus so much on how others will perceive us, or accept us, what will they think of us or say about us. Not to be misunderstood here, it is true that while living this life of faith in Jesus, we’ve been watched by people who secretly want to see if it is true what we claim we believe in and stand for…in the light of that we ought to care in a balanced way!
But the Holy Spirit is focused on what is going on within us. He is at constant work with our heart a.k.a our character-the backbone of our personality. Because here in this part of our being we are transformed to carry out the purposes of God. In 1 Corinthians 10:23 it’s written: “All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial and advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive[to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. So, don’t always seek only what is good for you, but seek also the good of the others.”
It’s plain for us to see that we need to allow the Holy Spirit to build us up from within. Why?! If we are not strong and stable from within, how on earth we will build others?! Although all things are lawful to us still we need to choose from all those things what will benefit us. Because if something benefits me and my character, then for sure it will have the same effect for others.
We choose to be strong and stable not just for ourselves, but for the sake of others.