One Spirit

by Lester Young

“He that’s joined to the Lord is one spirit [with Him]” (1 Corinthians 6:17). Have you ever wondered just how that is, how it works? What it looks like – how God’s Spirit and ours could actually be physically united (though I guess that would be an oxymoron; but I couldn’t think of a better word than ‘physically’ to describe that particular state of existence). Nobody else has scratched your head about such things – just me, huh?

It’s probably just as well not to waste your time thinking about stuff like that, anyway. It’s a much more productive use of time and energy to focus on the benefits of such a union – especially since I frankly still have no idea how it actually is, though I believe unequivocally that it actually is. After all, it’s one thing to question how; it’s another thing altogether to question if (see Luke 1:18, 34). Thank God, we’re not responsible for the ‘how,’ anyway – that’s His business.

So, we’ll just stick to the ‘practical’ aspects of being one spirit with the Lord. And, what are those? Well, that question’s pretty easy. It’s being in agreement with Him. But, it’s not just our agreement; it’s also how we’re agreeing. See, we can agree to do something the Lord tells us to do, and then drudgingly carry it out – in other words, we really don’t want to. (And, we won’t even bother to go into blatant disobedience.) Or, we may personally disagree with (or flatly disregard) something that He says is right or wrong. In each of these cases, our inclination or disposition is not really going in the same direction as His. To put it plainly, we’re not willing, even though we may actually be doing. The problem there, unfortunately, is that God’s Word tells us, “If you be willing [as well as] obedient, you shall eat the good [things] of the land” (Isaiah 1:19).

So, contrary to popular belief, just being obedient – in its most clinical and sterile definition – will not get you into the fullness of the Blessing that God wants you to live in (Galatians 3:14). Consider Psalm 112:1: “Blessed is the man that [reveres] the LORD, that delights greatly in His commandments.” That word ‘delights’ is from the Hebrew word chaphets, which literally means ‘to incline to (inclination)’ or to ‘will.’ So, the person who is inclined or disposed to do God’s commandments – whatever they are – is the one who’s blessed. His own personal likes, dislikes or desires don’t even enter into it; He’s predisposed – by a choice of his own will – to lean toward God and, therefore, toward God’s Word and Voice.

When the Lord directs him to do something, he says, “Okay, Lord, sure.” Even though his mind or body may be screaming at him, “I don’t wanna do that; I just don’t feel like it;” because he didn’t consult his personal preferences before he answered the Lord in the first place, they don’t matter and therefore aren’t even taken into consideration. (Think how Abraham must have felt in Genesis 22:1-3 when God told him to sacrifice his son Isaac, yet he willingly obeyed). If the Lord says, “I like this” he says, “I like this.” If the Lord says, “I don’t like that!” he says, “I agree with You, I don’t like that, too!” When God says, “This is right” he says, “Yes, Lord, this is right.” If God declares, “That thing is wrong!” he echoes, “Amen, that’s wrong!’

This is the picture of the person whose inclination is bent toward the Lord and whatever He says. His disposition, his mindset, his willingness to obey in all things always favors the Lord. He’s a kindred spirit with God, in harmony with Him, adopting His point-of-view at all times, and therefore inclined to act like He would act in every situation (2 Corinthians 12:18) – and this person is already blessed of the Lord!

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4 Comments to “One Spirit”

  1. Great post. That willing thing is sometimes hard, isn’t it? But the longer you walk with the Lord, the more you realize that it is so true and necessary if we are to fulfill His calling for our lives. And, in the long run, it is much easier to go with God than to fight against Him. A lot more productive, too.

  2. I was just reading about the fullness of the Lord’s blessing, Lester! Yes, being obedient is not enough. We need to delight in Him and in His Word, and we need to behold Him, gaze upon Him, set our hearts steadfastly upon Him — “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 Thank you for this post, Lester!

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