13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c]you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
One of the greatest things about technology is the ability to sync devices. We can sync our music so that it is on our computer and our phone. We can sync our contacts so we never lose them. We can sync our documents to the "cloud." We can sync nearly everything technological in our lives. In fact, if we don't sync our devices, we don't receive the upgrades and updates to help our devices function properly. Without syncing our devices, we don't get the apps, music, or contacts we want most, and our devices begin to slow down because we don't sync updates.
In verse 25, Paul sums up the other verses. He says to keep in step with the Spirit, to sync with the Spirit. When we are in sync with the Spirit, our soul is charged. When we are in sync with the Spirit we have immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine according to Him!
So, how can we consistently sync up with the Spirit?
1. Serve Others
Paul starts this passage out by saying that we are free. Unfortunately, we can feel a sense of entitlement along with freedom. Paul says to combat this entitlement by serving others humbly. To love your neighbor as yourself. How can you serve others today to sync up with the Spirit?
2. Starve the Flesh
Paul says that our Spirit and flesh are now in battle. It's a brawl- imagine Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang. Paul then goes on to explain some specific fleshly desires, and he starts it by saying that the acts of the flesh are "obvious." Most of the time in our lives we don't need a list of sins not to do. We already know what is in line with the Spirit and what is in line with the flesh. If we have to question ourselves about where a certain act or thought lines up, then it's probably a fleshly desire. In order to sync up with the Spirit, we've got to starve the fleshly desires. But for us to starve one thing means we have to feed another.
3. Feed the Spirit
Paul wraps up this passage about syncing with the Spirit with the fruits of the spirit. These fruits are what we need to feed. See, at salvation, God places a seed of faith inside of each of us. From these seeds come the fruits of the spirit, but we have a part to play too. We have to daily feed the Spirit inside of us. We have to daily water the Spirit we now have. We have to daily acknowledge God and make Him our priority. When we begin to feed the Spirit, the outflowing of a healthy Spirit is a loving life. By reading this, you've started to feed the Spirit. Don't stop! Meet with God everyday!
So, syncing with the Spirit is vital in helping us stay up to date and charged as Christians. These three things are very simple. How can you take these truths and apply them today at work, at home, in the gym, or at the restaurant?
Live in sync.