Are you on the heart transplant list? Let me explain.
Last week, while visiting Israel, we visited the Holy Sepulchre. It is one of the places that is believed to be the place where Jesus died. I say “one of the places” because the Garden Tomb is another place. As I visited the Holy Sepulhcre, my heart was touched. To think that I was standing where Jesus had been crucified… to think that Jesus had given His life for me. As I stood there, I recommitted myself to living for Christ.
Then, the Lord impressed this on my heart. I want to live for Christ. I want to honor the Lord but, so often, I don’t. I sin. I have bad thoughts. I say things I shouldn’t. So, how do I deal with those? Well, I have to have a heart transplant. I was born with a natural heart but my natural heart is governed by the flesh… just like yours is. Our heart must be changed because we cannot live the spiritual life without a heart transplant. This is why we must ask Jesus Christ into our hearts. He gives us a heart transplant.
But, even after receiving a heart transplant, I still sin. I still have bad thoughts. I still say things I shouldn’t say. And I have those even after having a heart transplant. Why is that? It’s because my old nature still exists. My sins have been forgiven but my old nature still lives. I know.. that may seem confusing. My sins are forgiven… washed away. But, the thing that produces bad thoughts etc.. is still there.
Ok, so, if our old nature is still there, what do we do? We ask the Lord, through the power of His Holy Spirit to forgive us and to help us with our old nature. We can’t do it on our own.
As I stood in the Holy Sepulchre, my heart melted. I even sang, “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.” I was close to the Lord. But then, I walked out and immediately I’m battling old thoughts. You can go to church and your heart be touched and you ask forgiveness and promise never to sin…. and then you leave church. Then, someone cuts you off in traffic. Then, the kids get on your nerves and when it happens, all the good spiritual stuff we just experienced can fly right out the door. Our old flesh is strong!
Our old flesh is not going away. We have to deal with it every day. And the good news is, the Lord helps us deal with it. Jesus gives us the strength to overcome it… through the power of the Holy Spirit.