If the Christian Way of life isn’t being moral or going to church regularly or acquiring Bible knowledge or resisting sin or being nice and sweet or performing good works, then what is it? And how can one know if one is living in it?
The Christian Way of Life is a relationship with the God of the Universe through believing in the work and person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is a life of grace wherein we worship Him in Spirit (the filling of the Holy Spirit) and in Truth (true knowledge of God’s word and of His person and work and character circulating in our souls.) It’s a life where He does the work and we receive the blessing, where we offer our bodies up to the daily study of that word under the gift of the pastor teacher in order that our minds might be transformed from the thinking of the world and of the flesh to the thinking of God.
Through this we are conformed to the image of Christ and develop capacity for the blessings He wants to give us. It’s not something we do, it’s something He does in us. “It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13) The fruit is the Spirit’s fruit, not our fruit. Our minds are transformed — passive voice: we receive the action of the verb. We don’t transform them ourselves, which would be the active voice. (Ro 12:2; 2 Co 3:18)
Christ abides in us or is at home in us when our thinking reflects His thinking. When we are in tune with the Holy Spirit and guided by Him. Divine good is performed when we are filled with the Spirit and guided by His word which we have inculcated into our thinking so thoroughly we automatically live it.
Divine good, then, can be a thought, an attitude, a word or an act. God sees them all, and at the Judgment seat of Christ He will reveal to us which of them were which. ( I Co 3:13-15) Because the sad truth is, with our sick heads and deceitful, desperately wicked hearts we all too often have no clue what our real motivation is in any given situation.