We have the natural tendency to dig cisterns – broken cisterns – that could not hold water rather than build our lives upon the Spring of living water – who is God. That is – apart from the sovereign regenerating work of God in our hearts, we are inclined to build our lives in worldly bubbles that burst. We are inclined to choose the temporal over the eternal, worldly relationships over godly relationships, short-term pleasures over eternal rewards, applause of men over the praise of God. We are inclined to not choose heavenly things for we don’t want to choose these things. As radically corrupt sinners, our will is inclined to be directed by our nature – and that nature doesn’t want God and the things of God.
The sad part of this is that we are unaware that we do these things because it is natural for us to want these things that it always goes unnoticed. That’s why this change could be only accomplished by a Person who is outside of us for there’s nothing in us to accomplish this change of inclination. This is evident in the world today – we live our lives as though it’s the only life that we have not grasping that our lives with God when we be with Him are infinitely more satisfying and pleasurable than all the world could offer. Be it power, sex, fortune, short-lived pleasures and fame. Nothing in this world could satisfy the void that is in our hearts for God alone can fill this void. We run after these things because we think that in them we’ll have satisfaction. This I think is the grandest deception that is in this world.
That being said, it is our great need as radically corrupt sinners to have our inclination or disposition changed for we have a heart of stone rather than a heart of flesh. We have a heart that is not inclined to choose God or heavenly things for it doesn’t want them. This change could just be brought by a Person who is outside of us because there’s nothing within us that could accomplish this change for sin permeates our being. That’s why the gospel of Jesus Christ is so important. For it is the power of God unto salvation for those who believe. (Rom. 1:16)
So, what is the gospel?
The gospel is the good news of the Person and work of Jesus Christ. We would never appreciate the good news if we don’t know the bad news. The bad news is of condemnation whilst the good news is of salvation. As sinners, all of us are bound to suffer the eternal wrath of God for all of us have sinned and fall short of His glory. (Rom. 3:23) No one is exempted for there’s no one who is perfectly righteous. There’s no one who could attain perfect righteousness and holiness. That’s why God in His mercy, sent His only Son in the world to save radically corrupt sinners who could never merit salvation and fellowship with God apart from faith in the person and work of Christ. Christ attained for us the righteousness that we could never attain for ourselves. By means of the atoning death of Chris at the cross, the sins of those who would believe in Christ have been fully paid for because Christ bore our sins in His body at the cross and then God the Father was pleased to pour out His wrath in Christ against sin at the cross. Therefore, there’s now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:1) For Christ died the death that we should have died and suffered the punishment that we should suffer.
This is the grandest invitation that God has offered the world – life with Him. And this eternal life is obtained through faith in Christ. We should turn away from our sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Let us not waste our lives.
Let us commit our lives under His lordship.
Let us not dig cisterns that could not hold water to satisfy our thirst for Christ is the only One who could quench our thirst.
And we would never be thirsty again.
Soli Deo Gloria.