Since today is Pentecost Sunday, I thought it may be apt to consider life in the Holy Spirit. But also our engagement with God. Here are helpful words of Paul from Romans. There is both great hope and thoughtful warning:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Romans 8:1-8 ESV
IF one is IN Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. What incredible hope! Run to Jesus! Trust in Him alone. Daily. “Set your mind”! He will send the Holy Spirit who guides us and moves in us. Wonderful hope.
But Paul gives a contrast at the end of this paragraph…
Don’t set your mind on the flesh.
In this same kind of thought in Col. 3:1-2 he tells the Colossians to “set” their minds on things above.
Lewis said to aim at Heaven and get earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and get neither.
Set your mind each morning and through the day and evening on God.