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Reflecting the Spirit

Let your light shine as a reflection of the Spirit dwelling in you.
Let your light shine as a reflection of the Spirit dwelling in you.
Photo: Julia Tidd

As Christians, we are called to be examples to others; a light (John 3:21) into the darkened night that has become society, if you will. The example we are to be illustrates the ways God has worked in our lives to a degree that is visible to others. It may not be by riches or any other standard society uses. Sometimes it is simply by the way we live and not what we have.

Galatians 5 says that when we accept Christ and choose to continually follow Him we will exhibit His characteristics which are referred to here as the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In this metaphor, each of these characteristics is not independent of the others. It is quite the opposite. They all exist as one. When you exhibit all of these characteristics at the same time is when Jesus is truly reflected in you.

To borrow from the old saying: You may be able to fake some of them all the time and may be able to fake all of them some of the time but you can’t fake all of them all of the time if it is not truly present in you. Why? Because these qualities don’t come from you or by your will. They come from Jesus living within you. They are His qualities and you allow them to be reflected outward rather than allowing your sinful natures to overtake them. (Matthew 26:41; Romans 8:5)

How do you make sure the Spirit is reflected? You live by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16) You stand firm and hold onto the teachings of the Gospel. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) You choose to allow the Spirit to intercede for you. (Romans 8:26-27) You “live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7; Matthew 17:20) And when you falter, you confess. (1 John 1:9)

When all this falls into place in your lives, you will have “crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:24-26) Let your light shine. Reflect what God has placed in your heart for all to see. (Matthew 5:16; 2 Corinthians 4:6)