When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
For years, I thought that I didn’t want what Jesus had to offer–but it wasn’t me who didn’t want it, it was my unrenewed mindset and sin of the flesh. As Christians, we are not of the flesh, but of the Spirit (see Romans 8:9). This simply means our identity is different than non-believers because our spirits are new and are joined with God’s Spirit (see Colossians 3:3, Romans 6:6-7, 1 Corinthians 6:19). Truth be told, we are already sitting with Christ in heaven because we are one with Him and He’s not bound by time (Ephesians 2:6, 2 Peter 3:8).
Therefore, my spirit has always wanted exactly what Jesus has wanted! However, the battle going on in my mind as it was being transformed by His Spirit caused me to live in a manner which was not authentic. Authentic to what? To my identity! A spiritually perfect person with the mind of Christ! (See 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 2:16).
And I should say, the flesh will never want what God wants. It wants what its five senses want. Further, when the flesh is led by the power of sin, it is but a wild animal; it has no moral compass, scruples, or manners. It likes what it sees and wants it now. There’s nothing wrong with the flesh, it operates how it should as a creature on planet earth with physical senses and a heartbeat. So rather than try to tame the flesh–or worse, fight it–we’re simply supposed to walk by God’s Spirit in us (see Galatians 5:16-25).
Our minds, however, are customizable. They grow and expand in wisdom, grace, and heavenly knowledge–or the opposite–depending on whether we’re walking according to our heaven-ready spirits or by our impulse-driven flesh. When we make choices of the flesh or spirit, our minds adapt to those decisions.
The good news is, 9 years old or 90, if you’re a believer it’s never too late to make healthy changes that match up with your spiritual perfection! Christians actually do want Jesus to change their lives and He has by giving us His life! (See Colossians 3:4). All we have to do is walk it out with our choices and attitudes!
The sad thing is, some Christians never decide to change. They ignore what they truly want. The enemy has them blind to their identity because of something which grows from old stinking thinking: pride. Pride is the root of all sin choices as well as a terrible life! Out of pride, grows:
So today, my friends, know this: As a Christian you do want to change your life–that is, when it’s not matching up with who you are! God’s not trying to bribe you or scare you to change–instead, He’s gently guiding you to change. Change into what? Into who you really are! Who are you? You are His child! (See John 1:12, 1 John 3:1, Galatians 3:26).
A prayer for you: Heavenly Father, thank you for being patient with me as you taught me the truth of who I am. Thank you for your continued patience as you teach me more! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. So many of them have been taught they don’t want what you want–and that’s a lie. If they have believed Jesus has forgiven them, they have a new, perfect spirit, and you’ve joined them IN their spirits. You’ve given them new desires from the heart! Desires of your Spirit! Romans 6 tells us this truth, so does 2 Corinthians 5, Galatians 2, Galatians 5, and many other parts of your Word! Teach them the truth, Dad! Open up their minds to what you’ve done! Amen!
This devotional is from 60 Days for Jesus, Volume 2. Get your copy here!