Spirit and Flesh

Anonymous asked:

Why do I find it so hard to focus on God?

I answered:

Because you are weak, inconsistent, and a work in constant progress. In other words: you are human. We all have the problem of sometimes (often times, almost all the time) finding it hard to keep our focus on God.

In Romans chapter 7, Paul writes a whole section about his struggle between the spirit and the flesh. In verse 15 he says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” That’s Paul, who wrote the majority of the New Testament, the foremost Christian theologian ever, a man who saw and spoke to the risen Christ, and he struggles with this just like you and I do.

Jesus also talked about this tension between the spirit and the flesh. When He was praying on the night He was to be arrested, His three best friends couldn’t even stay awake to be look outs or to pray. Jesus explains to them that “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. 

But we have to look at where their stories go after that. Jesus doesn’t decide that they are too weak and give up on them. Those three men: Peter, James and John, went on to walk with Jesus and do huge things for His name. Jesus understands our nature and He doesn’t hold that against us. 

Our weaknesses are not repugnant to God. He knows them and He knows how to work with them and help us grow in them. 

-Matt from The Bridge

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