A New Creature
"As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Romans 3:10-12, KJV).
At the conclusion of one of my messages at a pastor's conference, a pastor stood to take issue with me concerning a statement that I had made. I had said that there is a great hunger for God throughout the world, and that more people are now hearing the gospel and receiving Christ than at any time since the Great Commission was given almost 2,000 years ago.
"How can you say that," he objected, "when the Scripture clearly teaches that no man seeketh after God?"
"That is exactly what the Bible teaches," I responded, "and I agree with the Word of God 100 percent, but do not forget that - though in his natural inclination man does not have a hunger for God - the Holy Spirit sends conviction and creates within the human heart a desire for the Savior."
As Jesus put it, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me, draws him" (John 6:44, NAS). There are three things that we can learn about the human race from this passage. First, no one is righteous. Second, no one understands the things of God; and third, no one seeks God. What a contrast between what man is like in his natural state and what man becomes at spiritual birth when he is liberated from the darkness and gloom of Satan's kingdom and ushered into the light of God's glorious kingdom through Jesus Christ. That man becomes a new creature. Old things are passed away and behold all things become new.
What a contrast between the natural and the supernatural. The natural man must depend upon his own resources, his own wisdom, to find meaning and purpose in his life, inevitably resulting in a life of conflict, discord and frustration. But the one who trusts in God has the privilege of drawing upon the supernatural resources of God daily; resources of joy, peace, love; resources that provide meaning and purpose, assurance of eternal life.
Most people live lives of quiet desperation in self-imposed poverty, because those of us who know the truth of the supernatural are strangely silent. God forgive us.
Bible Reading: Romans 3:13-20
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: With God's help I refuse to remain silent any longer, but will seek to proclaim "the most joyful news ever announced" (Luke 2:10-11), to all who will listen in order that others may join me in living the supernatural life.
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