As humans we have genetic traits passed down through our generational history. At family gatherings you can hear them talk about how one was gifted with musical ability while the other artistry or a penchant for math, science or literature. It is all a blend of DNA so precise and complex but makes us who we are. But is this the footprint sealed in stone that defines our character and how we think?
I believe not. God has so much more for us and He reveals it in His word. Being the greatest, brightest and most talented can be complemented but what is it that God exalts the most?
It is our heart towards Him. God’s word says we have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 2:14-16
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
So if we have the mind of Christ all our thoughts, choices and decisions should reflect the mind of Christ.
What about His nature? If we are born again God’s Holy Spirit has come to live within us. Therefore, the fruit should be evidence of this.
Galatians 5:22-26 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
What if one uses their talent for their own purposes without the thought of pleasing God? Will all of heaven rejoice or will it sound repulsive to them?
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
There is a lot of emphasis placed on the outward but it is the inward heart that God is more concerned about. Yielding to the transformation process is key to our testimony and how much light we shine to reflect the true character of Christ.
We can examine the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit to see if this fits our nature or if we are walking in the flesh.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
I Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
I John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.