Terri, a stage 2 cancer struggler, opened his paper one Sunday morning and immediately saw the title on the front page, "Cure for Cancer Found". He read excitedly and found that this was a cure for the EXACT cancer that he had! About twenty minutes later the phone calls started coming in, with a similar conversation, "Hey, Terri, have you read the paper? There is a cure..."
Now you would think that Terri would have been excited about this. However, he was skeptical. Instead of joy, he was filled with disbelief and doubted that this was for real. However, it was real. It was available. And it was something surprisingly common. He hardened his heart & decided that he wouldn't be suckered in.
Well meaning friends and family prodded and pleaded with him to take the cure & be free from this death sentence. But the more they prodded, the more offended he became. And the more frustrated those who loved him became. Especially because this cure didn't even require a prescription.
What do you think of Terri?
Ephesians 4:17-20 says,
"Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But this isn't what you learned about Christ."
A couple of foundational biblical truths that we need to understand about ourselves is:
1. We all have a spiritual disease, a sickness, called SIN.
2. This is a terminal disease (read about the fall in Genesis 3; Romans 1-3:23), which separates God & you.
3. Although you are created in God's image & dear to God, He is also offended at your sin & your sin makes Him hide His face from you.
4. Broad is the road that leads to destruction and many find it. Narrow is the road to Life & only a few find it.
5. Like Terri, most people harden their hearts when they hear the cure for their sin. They would rather enjoy their familiar darkness, instead of coming to the light (Jesus) to be healed spiritually.
So what will you do? Is God prodding your heart & drawing you to the cure (to Jesus)? Or will you be like Terri and harden your heart like Ephesians 4 teaches that many do? I plead to you, my friends, to come to Jesus and live. Please. You will be glad you did. I am glad that I did.