2 Corinthians 6:3…
Willpower won’t cut it. God’s power will.
When it comes to our character before God, it is useless to attempt to reform ourselves by imitation of the Godly nature we see in others, or by seeking to follow any kind or brand of religious rules – or even the Law of God – which we know is perfect.
No one can keep the Law of God, despite their best efforts to do so. Willpower fades sooner or later, even with the very best of intentions. Even with Godly intentions.
But God’s power is alive in the born-again Christian and can produce what willpower never could. (If we couldn’t keep God’s Law in our own strength before we got saved, it makes no sense to attempt to do so once we have been saved.)
Romans 8:11 reminds us the same power that raised Christ from the dead now lives in us and is available to us and for us. Godly living can only be accomplished by this power and not our own.
When Paul speaks of the transformation which has taken place in his life as God’s minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he is reminding us this has been accomplished in him by God alone.
It can and will be accomplished in our lives as well, as we learn to access the power of God available to us.
This is both an automatic and learned behavior once it is understood. Sometimes we must stand in God’s power by faith in a trying time, and sometimes God’s power reveals itself in a moment we are about to fall – when God comes to the rescue.
All of this is accessed by a heightened awareness through the study of God’s Word, prayer, fasting, the indwelling of and baptism with the Holy Spirit, and by fellowship with and serving other Christians.
It has been well-said we must feed the Spirit rather than the flesh. This is vitally important to Christian living – and only more so as we attempt to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the sharing of God’s message of salvation with others, our lives become ‘Exhibit A.’ If our lives do not match the message, our message is likely to fall upon deaf ears.
It becomes necessary for the believer – as Paul exemplifies – to separate themselves from the world, and from the flesh. We cannot join ourselves to worldly activities and thoughts, and we must not join ourselves under the yoke of any kind of close relationship with worldly people. While we are to remain in the world in our ministry to the world, we are not to be joined to the world any longer.