Live by the Spirit.

Galatians 5: 25a

God wants His children to live. He wants us to live it up, to live life fully, and to be
utterly alive. Although, God does tell us to change the way that we live from
one that is controlled by self-directed and self-serving thinking and
uncontrolled actions, He doesn’t mean that we are to spend all of our lives
locked away in sober, solitary, and silent reflection. The Lord wants us to
live in a fully engaged and totally involved manner in our world; if we
consider the way that Jesus lived as an example of the way that God intends for
us to live, then we have a powerful model of what it means to be alive.

Paul gave us two contrasting lists of life qualities that we can examine. The first
includes sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity,
strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, and orgies; these actions describe the way that people tend to
live when they are finding their satisfaction from within themselves alone and
from the natural world absent the controlling touch of the Creator of that
world. The second list is a description of the fruit that comes from the Spirit
of Christ, and it includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The difference maker between these
lists is Christ, and the difference is made by the continual work of  His Spirit in our lives.

We are called to live!

This is a powerful imperative; we are to live in the fullest and most passionate way
imaginable. The direction, strength, and empowerment behind this sort of life
is from the Spirit, and the key to consistency in living this way is to keep
filling up on Christ’s Spirit. Turn to Him through the Word, in prayer,
and in relationship with other children of God. The life that courses
through our veins brings about engagement with our world and an ever-deepening
knowledge and understanding of God. As we continually allow Christ the
opportunity to keep us living in the center of His very full life, He takes us
to a depth of relationship with God that is the place where true life
dwells.