My Utmost for His Highest had this to say today.
The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him . . . —1 Corinthians 2:14
The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe . . .” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have no sense of need for the gospel. It is God who creates this sense of need in a human being, but that person remains totally unaware of his need until God makes Himself evident.
…The only thing that can possibly satisfy the need is what created the need. This is the meaning of redemption— it creates and it satisfies.
There are more people who like Jesus as a leader than love Him as a Savior.
There are more people who want Jesus to heal their injuries than see themselves as terminally ill.
There are more people who add Jesus to their lives than give their lives wholly to Him.
God is gracious and good to reveal in His Gospel BOTH our depravity and His mercy, our sin and His Savior, our death and His life.
It is only in knowing that we deserve wrath that we flee to Christ to save us from it. Until then, we are merely dating the idea of repentance. We are flirting with it, but have no intention or commitment to make it our way of life.
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
Biblically, repentance and wrath are impossible to divorce. They justify each other’s import.
We often opt for morality over our Maker.
We often choose being good enough over being perfect in Jesus.
Being rich in Jesus means being poor in yourself.
The riches of Christ will not and cannot enter where pride has hoarded its rusts.
“Good enough” is no good at all.
“Not too bad” is not great.
God is BOTH great and good.