Section 5: The Holy Spirit
Week 4: The Holy Spirit’s Work in the Life of the Believer
Day 3: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Helping Believers Become More Like Christ
Rom. 8:5-14; Gal. 5:16-26
We’ve said a number of times that in broad terms the Holy Spirit’s role is to advance God’s plan and bring it to completion. An important aspect of that plan involves transforming us into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). That won’t happen in the ultimate sense until Christ returns and we receive our resurrected bodies. Only then will we perfectly reflect Christ.
That doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit isn’t trying to make us more like Christ now. We said yesterday that the Holy Spirit helps us understand the Bible better so that we can know God better. He also helps us understand the Bible so that we can become more like Christ.
When the Holy Spirit teaches us something, he often gives us an opportunity to put that lesson into practice. As we regularly take advantage of those opportunities, we start to develop a habit of acting in that way. Eventually that habit becomes ingrained within us, and we develop a more Christ-like character. While we are working hard to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow his leading, he is also working in us to transform our inner character (Philippians 2:13). The Holy Spirit is actively working with us inside and out to shape us so that we more fully reflecting Jesus’ own character.
List one or two lessons the Holy Spirit is trying to teach you right now.
Has he given you any opportunities to put those lessons into practice? Have you taken advantage of those opportunities? Why or Why not? If you were able to fully put those lessons into practice how would they help you to better reflect Christ’s image?