Are you alive? Of course you live and breathe and function otherwise, but how about your spirit–that part of you that is sensitive to what God says? Do you genuinely want to spend time with Him, or are you as spiritually dead as a corpse?
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
Does God lie? Did our Creator God misrepresent the situation to Adam when He said, “…in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die?” Because, obviously, subsequent chapters show that Adam continued to live physically until He was almost one thousand years old. Did God get it wrong? Did He mislead Adam? Absolutely not! But then, why did Adam continue to live after He disobeyed God?!
The answer is that while Adam’s physical body survived and continued to function, that part of him that knew and enjoyed fellowshipping with God–his spirit–did, in fact, die the very day he sinned! Subsequent to his disobedience, not only was he cognizant of his sin–he really did now possess not only an understanding of good, but also of his evil–but he also no longer wanted anything to do with God. And the repercussion of this death was so great that it was passed down to the rest of humankind. We learn in Romans 5:12 that “through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men…” Each and every human being is also now born spiritually dead, no longer capable of, or wanting, anything to do with their Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer God.
That’s why so many feel God completely irrelevant to their lives, why they ignore Him, avoid Him and simply do not want to know anything about Him. In fact, Jesus explained that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) He also said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (John 6:44) Unless there is a new birth–unless that part of us that is born dead to God is reborn–we cannot see or understand the things of God, nor do we care to.
But what if you feel God nudging you–if you feel you should just give in and come to Him in faith? Don’t ignore it! That’s His Holy Spirit working in you, calling you to come to Him. It’s as if God is saying, “Today, if you hear…[My] voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Hebrews 3:7-8) Let Him! Allow Him access into the recesses of your heart, and He will make alive what is dead within you!! He promises, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of 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 keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27) Romans 5:15 explains, “For if the many died by the trespass of the one man [Adam], how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!” Come to Him!
Take the heart of stone out of me and give me a heart of flesh; put Your Spirit within me and cause me to walk in Your statutes! Amen.