"Why don't we do what we know we should do?"
...was a question that was asked repeatedly in our Wednesday night class on Practical Christianity. It was phrased many different ways to apply specifically to different aspects of living like God has told us to live. However, to summarize a key element of our study during the quarter, it essentially can be phrased as above.
Numerous answers were offered. It seems we kept trying to explain why or how what we have seen in others, and experienced in ourselves, keeps happening. It might be, for some of us, we seek to understand as a kind of rationalization of our behaviour...as if there is some kind of justification for what we do. There is no such justification.
To borrow a quote from Star Wars character, Yoda, "Do or do not, there is no try". This fictional example might help us step back from avoiding the real issue and into simple reality. Even more to the point, God Himself says,
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." (Romans 8:5)
It is time to shift from analysis to action. It is time to set our minds on the things of the Spirit...and do.