That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. | John 3:6
Where are you most alive today?
In John 3, Jesus gives us profound insight into the human experience. He tells us that we dual creatures, capable of living in the flesh and the Spirit.
The flesh is our natural lives, what we can see, touch, and experience. It's our physical body interacting with circumstances, it's our mind watching world events, experiencing individual challenges and directing our emotions.
For most of us, living in the natural is the path of least resistance. We base our understanding of "how life is going" through how we feel, or what we read online, or how much money we have in the bank. And when things don't seem to be going well, our mind tells our emotions to react accordingly. We're prone to discouragement, anxiety and hopelessness.
There's also a spiritual life - a life inhabited and defined by God. The Bible tells us that we're unable to be alive in this way because of our sinful nature. The good news is that through Jesus, we can be spiritually brought to life! We can experience a new way of seeing the world, a new way of processing our emotions, a new way of living.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
- In what way am I most alive today? Am I interpreting my life through the natural, or the spiritual?
- Am I slowing down and paying attention to the voice of God's Spirit trying to breath life into my Spirit?
- In what areas do I need to surrender my natural responses to God and ask for spiritual perspective?
For more on becoming spiritually alive, check out Part 1 of Pastor Nick's series "Catch the Wind."