Everyone in this world, when given an opportunity, will choose the best option available. No one will deliberately choose the bad things of life. Nonetheless, it seems humans often make some wrong choices for themselves. Let’s consider this quote:
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”[i]
There are certain things when engaging in, its results are not pleasant but because the process is pleasurable and promotes some sort of selfishness, we often quickly choose the latter over the former.
Practically speaking when you’re asked to choose between life and peace vs. death; most people if not all will choose life and peace. The things of the Spirit such as having a relationship with your Maker, living your purpose and doing the right things are carriers of life and peace. The more we do them, the greater the amount of life and peace, we have. But unconsciously, we mostly seem to ignore them.
No one likes death but it’s as if death has become part and parcel of life to the extent that we easily choose it without thinking about it. Fleshy desires often known as instant gratification are major conduits of death. The very things the mind abhors yet we still maintain cravings for it. Death, as used in this context, is a separation or gap between the spirit and the flesh. Death is painful and very sorrowful but we often choose it. By so doing we hurt ourselves and those around us. We cause both internal and external mourning almost always. The Spirit gets bereaved and agonized.
Choosing life and peace over death should be our greatest desire. We can do this by not deceiving ourselves that the very things we do for our spirit are just for God’s sake. Instead, we should bear in mind that every obedience to the Spirit is first for our own sake before God and any other individual. Thus, having a better relationship with God, living your purpose and doing the right things in life is chiefly for your sake. Understanding this truth will cause us to be more concerned about the things of the Spirit than that of the flesh.
Always bear this in mind: the main beneficiary of the life of the Spirit is you. Your assured package is life and peace. With these two, your life, in general, becomes better. May God help us to understand and practice this truth of life.
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[i] Romans 8:5-6 NIV