Visiting with a young man in moral crisis recently, I realized as I was exhorting him to “live the Christian life,” what I was really asking him to do was in fact impossible.
The idea of forsaking sin, making right choices, etc. is impossible to him –because he is not born again.
You see, without the Spirit of the living God working inside of us, we are incapable of living a life that is pleasing to God. In 1 Corinthians 3:3, Paul exhorts the carnal men of Corinth: “for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?”
It seems that these men of Corinth were just acting like ordinary or “mere” men, implying that what Paul was calling them to was something more, something extraordinary! God has not saved us for an ordinary life, we are not mere men. Our lives should be extraordinary!
As Christians, we should be the best husbands, wifes, fathers, mothers, students, workers, etc. But in order to be an extraordinary man or woman, we must first be yielded to the Holy Spirit, and bowed in our hearts to the Lord Jesus. Only then will His life be manifest in us.