But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:5-6)
As we walk obediently to the Lord Jesus, we give Him greater room and allow Him to bring completion of the good work He began in us. We can stifle our growth through sin, things like anger (James 1:19-20) or sexual immorality (2 Thessalonians 4:3-8) can slow down growth. We are told we should do everything without a complaining rotten attitude,
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Philippians 2:12-15 –
God is working in us, yet He wants us to cooperate with the process. We do so by obeying with the strength he gives us through the Holy Spirit. To be without the Spirit, means one is without Christ, to be without Christ is to not be a Christ follower and to be outside of grace, unable to live the Christian life.
That is why it is not viable for a non believer to reflect Christ’s values, because
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14 –
The ideas of meekness, and repaying good for evil or loving ones enemies for example are foreign and bizarre to non Christians. The thought of Jesus dying on the cross to save us from sin, that seems absurd to the non Christian. Yet we know very well that because Christ loved us while we were estranged, and through His sacrifice in our place, we know this made us acceptable to God and has the power to make us new creations.
Let us follow His ways and let him reshape us daily to reflect His values instead of the World shaping how we think, respond or behave!