Francis Schaeffer wrote a book called “How Should We Then Live?” I often ask myself that question when the Holy Spirit fingers a verse and causes me to ponder it. How do I live this out? What is my practical application?
Living out the Gospel helps us conform our thoughts, purpose, and actions to God’s will and ways. We died with Him, and were raised up into newness of life. Romans 6:12 says, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you would obey it in its lusts.” Walking in righteousness is His way for us to emulate His character.
Consider the Gospel as His sculptor’s chisel and hammer. Each verse we take into our heart, chips away the debris that hides what He has designed us to be. The debris are the sinful patterns we lived in without any thought of God. Salvation sets us free, but it will take His experiential truth to keep us free. Read John 8:31-32.
Nothing from our past’s thought patterns changed the moment we were saved. That is why we are instructed in Romans 12:2 to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. The J. B. Phillips says, “…but let God re-mould your minds from within…” Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).”
Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s word penetrates, and discerns our thoughts and intentions. As we read His word, observing how to apply it in our lives, old patterns of thoughts are exposed. At that point we have a choice. We can ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit, or we can stop and consider what He has fingered.