Who Lives Your Life? by A K Whitehead
We often hear people make remarks like "I live my life to full" or "No one tells me what to do" and so forth. Those who make such remarks are either worldly people or people whose attitudes are dominated by world.
Following The World Things are, or should be, very different for Christian. Why? Simply because someone who is imitating Jesus cannot at same time be imitating world. Revelation 12.9 tells us two interesting facts. The first is that, when ancient serpent, or Satan was defeated he was not consigned to hell but was hurled to earth, and his angels with him.
Secondly, we are told that Satan leads whole world astray. Consequently, those who follow world follow Satan. Perhaps not knowingly, nor willingly. But then, Satan cares little about how much people know or whether they would do what they do willingly if they knew differently!
What is alternative? How do we guard ourselves against being misled? How do we avoid being duped by Satan?
Following Jesus = Following The Spirit Every Christian has been given Jesus as his/her model. His is example we follow - in everything!
This is not easy but it is something we have to keep pursuing. Now, in John's gospel Jesus makes a particular principle of his very clear. On several separate occasions he tells us that he never does anything except that it is in Father's will for him (e.g. John 5. 19; 5. 30, 77. 16;8. 29). It is therefore our task to live as nearly as possible in Father's will. It is no more than Jesus has instructed us. How do we do it?
Living Through The Spirit We are given Holy Spirit to be our mentor. A mentor is someone who guides us. He is wise and trusted advisor. Someone we can rely on totally to give us very best direction in whatever circumstance we might find ourselves in, whatever problems and decisions we are faced with.
The Bible uses term "Paraclete". (Some bibles use term "Counsellor" as in John 14. 26) This is a Greek word and can sound a bit off-putting to us. But Greeks had a type of boat which was sent out to ships which were in difficulties. It was called a paracletos, which gives us another insight into intended role of Holy Spirit in our lives.