As true born-again Christians, we strive daily to live for the Lord, but in many cases it’s either:
A.) we try so hard we keep failing, or B.) when we fail, we are so hard on ourselves we feel condemned we get to a point of not trying.
The apostle Paul is saying that we need to not only “put on the Lord Jesus Christ,” but in addition to that, we need to “make NO provision for the flesh.” If we would learn to be so consumed with God in our life’s desires and our time, we will find that the opportunities for the flesh will not only be lessened, but easily overcome once presented itself. In light of the analogy of Christ being “put on” as though a garment would be put on, I envision a person “loaded down” with so much apparel, it would be difficult to find room for anything else. Like Isaiah portrays this spiritual illustration:
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” -Isaiah 61:10 (KJV)
I find that it is more appropriate that just that surface lesson to also realize that the Bible also refers to us as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 21:2, 9; 2 Corinthians 11:2; John 3:29; Isaiah 54:5) Every bride that is truly anxious to be united with her groom will adorned herself in such a way that reflects her desire to be with him. Our zealousness, our desires should line up with our actions in our daily lives.
Truth of the matter is, that we will do and invest in things that are truly important to us and put things that or less important or not important at all to the lower parts of our priority list. We have to come to the understanding that if we truly want to live for Christ we will prioritize our time, effort, and energy’s. We only have 24 hours in every given day, so if we learn to fill that up with nothing but good things regarding our relationship with Christ (worship, prayer, devotions, Bible reading, serving others, etc.) then it is less likely that we will fail. Throughout all of Paul’s epistles, he stressed the importance of living by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The reality is, we war heavily between the two. The one that wins is the one that is fed the most.
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…Neither give place to the devil.” -Ephesians 4:24, 27 (KJV)
If you find yourself in the position today where your daily routines and life’s schedules have clouded your time with many opportunities for the flesh, it’s time we start to “revamp” our schedule. It takes much discipline to change our lives routines, but in this regard it is by far, very much worth it!
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another….This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”-Galatians 5:13, 16 (KJV)