A child born amongst monkeys may behave like a monkey, but he will always have the nature of a man. However, he might go without clothes and feed on bananas because he was brought up amongst monkeys. He might climb trees like a monkey because that was what he was trained to do, but the moment he discovers that he can wear clothes, it will dawn on him that he does not belong to the family of monkeys. He then begins to lead a new lifestyle because he is awakened to the reality of the kind of life that he has. This is how a Christian progressively manifests the nature of God. Man is made to grow spiritually, and as he does, the fruit of the spirit becomes increasingly manifest in his life.
A man with a recreated spirit can do anything he sets his heart to do. For example, if you do not know how to sing but you desire to, you can commit that desire into the hands of the Holy Spirit and He will help you. Your desire might be to study to be intelligent; the Holy Spirit will help you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. The recreated human spirit is designed to make progress. You do not have to struggle to excel since you already have all that it takes, just do excellent things! When you make up your mind to develop your human spirit, you will walk in God’s gifts and power and you will move in His glory.
God has recreated your spirit to know the difference between right and wrong. When you do right, joy wells up in you, but when you do wrong, you are convicted through your conscience – the voice of your recreated human spirit. The book of Luke 15:11-32 gives a parable that shows how God relates to every man that is ready to accept Him as his Father:
“And he said, a certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his Father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey to a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want…”
The prodigal son wasted his substance. God has given every believer the ability to get wealth but it is our responsibility to manage it well. It is wise to give, because when you give, you receive. But this man did not invest his substance into anything; he wasted it and lived a riotous life, ending in penury.
The story goes on further to say that he later fed on food given to swine. One day, he suddenly realised who he was and decided to go back to his Father’s house. As soon as his Father saw him from afar, he rushed down to embrace him. The first thing he told his Father was, “forgive me!”
“And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the Father said to his servants, bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat and be merry:” (Luke 5:21-23).