Shepherd Daily Devotional – One With Him

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – 1 Corinthians 6:17

Not many Christians believe they can be like Christ. Most times, we think of ourselves as humans who are incapable of becoming saints. We see ourselves as “sinners” who cannot overcome sin. Instead of thinking of ourselves as “little Christs”, we prefer to think of ourselves as weak and imperfect people. Somehow, religion and earthly philosophies have convinced us that we cannot be perfect. We’ve been conditioned to think that only heavenly beings are perfect. So when we fail to live the life that God expects of us, we blame it on our human nature and say things like, “I am just human.” Or we might say, “Only God is perfect.” But Jesus himself disagrees with that position. Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”. When Jesus made that statement, he was teaching his disciples on ways they could live an effective life.

Christians should not only believe in what Jesus did, but should also believe in what He said. If it wasn’t possible to be perfect, would Jesus have mentioned it? The main reason why we are incapable of living perfect lives is because, most times, we live our lives without the influence of the Holy Spirit. We cannot be as perfect as our heavenly father if we depend on our flesh. As long as our flesh is occupying the place of the Holy Spirit, we cannot be like God. If the Holy Spirit isn’t the one influencing you, there’s no way you can be perfect.  It’s often a case of our flesh versus the Holy Spirit. Paul said, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires”

Prayer: Holy Spirit, come into my life and be my guardian. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 5:48; Romans 6:5-6;

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.