Although at first it may seem like God’s commands are something we don’t want to do and it is very difficult the truth is rather “the way of the transgressor is hard.” It says in 1 John 5:3 “God’s commandments are not burdensome.” You might be thinking you’re crazy; they are burdensome, and I don’t like them one bit. Just hang with me a minute.
After Israel’s repeated failures to do what God told them to do and God’s seemingly endless patience with them he shared with them his plans for a New Covenant. You see God has never been into outward obedience and lip service if our hearts are far from him. He wants us to obey from a heart that is longing after his. In Ezekiel 36:26-27 he said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will be careful to observe my ordinances.”
God always knew, even before the fall in the Garden of Eden, we were going to require a nature transplant. Adam took the nature of Satan upon himself and infected the whole human race with a rebellious spirit. The only way we were ever going to be able to do as God commanded was if God gave us a new nature. This of course is exactly what he did by way of the cross of Christ. On that cross Jesus died as you and I and an unbelievably great transformation took place. He took from us the spirit of error and gave us his Holy Spirit. The fulfillment of the promise from Ezekiel has come. God’s promise of a new heart and his Spirit is available to all by faith.
Once there was a preacher that came to the church I attend that has preached over 600 revivals. He is pretty much a country boy, but he will never hesitate to tell people the truth of God’s word. One time he told a story about how before he was saved he used to love to fight. He said, “I mean I loved to fight. If I was driving down the road and saw two guys fighting I would stop and see if one of them wanted me to take their place so they could rest a while.” He just loved to fight. He said after he got saved everything started to change. He said, “Now that I’m a Christian I can fight all I want to, I just don’t want to. Now that I’m a Christian I can drink all I want to, I just don’t want to. Now that I’m a Christian I can chase all the women I want to, I just don’t want to.” You see he had a heart change and with it came a “want to” change.
In conclusion let me just say this. Most of the time it takes quite a bit of trying and failing before our want to’s change, but that is what God is after. He never wanted a bunch of people that he had to give rules to. Rather he has always wanted us to love him and each other from the heart. With the availability of a new heart and the Spirit of God he’ll have no problem changing our want to’s.
Written by Louie