Our physical world many times shapes who we think we are. We determine how wealthy someone is by what they wear, what they drive and where they live. Sometimes people determine the quality of a person’s character based on their education and professional achievements. We may determine how we interact with a person not because we have taken the time to know them but just because of what they represent from our pass experiences. Our physical world can easily cloud the true character of a person.
When a person interacts with another person it is actually a shell that represents them. This becomes even more obvious at a funeral. A person’s body is not the person it is their spirit that is actual the person (1 Corinthians 2:11). Who they are is actual determined by their character, emotions, mental ability (how they resolve problems, their opinions, etc), their personality (are they a friendly, quiet etc.). So it is actually what lives inside a person that is more important.
The Spirit of God lives within us if we have accepted Christ into our lives. The focus we must have is to work Him out in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13). Dying to the flesh with all its passions, opinions, fears and moments of anxiety (Luke 14:25-27) is the battle (Overcoming the flesh is to abide in God’s Word uncompromisingly; John 15:4-5) that leads to the fruit of the Spirit when we are committed to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25). The focus of all this is so that we become drunk with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:15-18). The ultimate achievement is so that He who is in us becomes greater (1 John 4:4). This is the true reality of the transformation that took place when we became a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Living in the Spirit should be the greatest desire of every believer. Paul puts it this way; “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4; NASU) Our attention needs to be more centered on developing ourselves from the inside out. “For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:16-17; NIV) When the Spirit is fully developed in us who we are is who Christ wants us to be that last forever.