January 28, 2005
“How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
I don’t know anybody who enjoys pain so much he or she is unwilling to give it up. If you had a diseased heart and were living in severe pain, and there was a complete and lasting cure available, would you be interested? The answer is obvious. So why don’t more unsaved people turn to Jesus Christ and receive His forgiveness and healing? Why would they avoid the cure of repentance and salvation when it’s readily available—and free?
Some simply haven’t yet got the message that there is a cure for the disease of sin. It’s our job to get the word out to them. Other people are really interested in the cure, but they misunderstand what it involves and requires of them. Let me give you an example. An unsaved person will look at a Christian friend or co-worker and think: I wish I had what Bob has. He seems so happy, so at peace with himself and the world. I know he’s religious, but he’s not a freak. He seems to be for real. He has problems like everyone else, but he handles them so much better than I do.
A lot of lost people genuinely admire the authentic Christians around them, and they secretly wish they could get it together like these believers. But they hang back because of some preconceived ideas about what it means to be a Christian. They misunderstand the nature of the cure. Jesus wept over Jerusalem when he spoke the words in the verse above—and He yearns to have a relationship with non-believers, but too often they are not willing. People like this DO understand what it costs to put their faith in Christ and follow Him, but they can’t seem to take the risk and pay the price.
Whatever people’s reasons for refusing the cure, their problem is the same: heart disease. A radical cure is needed, and that’s what happens when a lost person turns to Christ and is saved. Pray for those whose hearts are diseased. And start taking the cure to a world that is sick.
SOME PEOPLE LOVE THEIR SIN MORE THAN THEY
HATE THE PAIN OF AN EMPTY LIFE.