Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Several years ago a story in a national magazine described a couple who "adopted" two wolves. They discovered the two wolves, still young and small, while making a movie of caribou in Alaska. They took them to their home, raised them, gave them the kindest treatment, and for a while the wolves behaved just like friendly dogs. Finally, however, the wolves turned on their masters, who barely escaped with their lives, and then fled to join a wild wolf pack.
No matter how kind their treatment, the nature of the wolves was such that sooner or later they were bound to behave like other wolves. The wolf nature could not be educated out of them.
That is a good analogy of our sinful nature. It always stays the same. No amount of education, refinement, culture, counseling, psychiatric treatment, self-help courses, New Year's resolutions, or anything else can take away its selfishness and proneness toward sin.
God says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9, NIV). Jesus said, "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matthew 15:19, NIV). The old nature within us is against God. It never did obey God's laws and never will (Romans 8:7).
That is the condition of the human heart -- all human hearts, even the greatest philanthropists, humanitarians and even all preachers and Christian leaders. And that is why God says, "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 15:50, NIV).
But thankfully, there is a solution to the wicked, selfish, human heart, and there is only one solution. That is radical heart surgery. It is not "bypass" heart surgery, but "replacement" surgery. That heart surgery takes place when one receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The apostle Paul calls it "circumcision of the heart" (Romans 2:29, NIV). The Lord Jesus refers to it as being "born again" (John 3:3).
When we receive Christ, He actually comes and lives inside of us. We die to self and become alive to God. Paul said, " I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, NIV).
Wolves will always be wolves. But by the grace of God, He enables obedient humans to become new creatures! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV.)
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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