Last Friday’s TAKE was an advocation for the I get to approach to living. This week in part 2, I will put another quarter in the Parking Meter. As new creatures in Christ our external walk should be different than the World’s because internally the Holy Spirit is working in and through us to conform us into the likeness of Jesus. Walking in the Spirit is much more that reframing any given situation to the I get to perspective. I get to (by itself) change the toilet paper roll can lighten possible resentment in this act of service; however, identity driven – I get to, will have internal and external consistency. I get to change the toilet paper the precise way my wife prefers because it is no longer all about me, it is all about Jesus being made to look big for all that He has done and is doing in me.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
John 3:6

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:25

As I talk with students about their pride, selfishness and anger so often displayed when they don’t get their way, I have never been told by any of them that they were just intentionally walking along in the Spirit in keeping with those born of the Spirit when all of sudden before they could say Jiminy Cricket, “Now… how did I end up on this down escalator to Fleshville?” Living in the flesh can be worse than an I have to attitude because it is ultimately an I want to do my own thing for my glory which is self-worship and living like you believe the lie of Satan that we can be as God.

Talk with your children about identity driven – I get to, while understanding this tension with the flesh is waiting to be perfectly vanquished when we receive our resurrected bodies.