Why We Do What We Do

We do what we do because of who we are. We sin because we are sinners. The only way we can stop sinning is to be changed into a different sort of person. We cannot change ourselves in the necessary way, no matter how hard we try.

Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

We can modify our behavior somewhat but we can*t change the source of the problem, because the problem is who we are. Only God can change who we are. He changes what we do by changing who we are.

Romans 3:12: They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Luke 18:19: And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

Since there is only One that is good, that is, God, He is the only one that does good and He is the only One that causes good. If a mortal man does good it can only be because God has caused it by changing him. God changes us into a different sort of person when we receive Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We that God has changed have in common that we have received Jesus and His authority. In that way we are all identical. But there are many ways in which each of us is unique. There is only one place God has for me just now. There is only one place He has for you just now. No one else can do what He has planned for me to do and no one else can do what He has planned for you to do. No one else can live the life that He wants me to live and no one else can live the life that He wants you to live.

1 John 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Before we receive Jesus we don*t have eternal life in us and therefore we can*t live it. The Bible also calls eternal life a more abundant life. In the more abundant life sin gets replaced by some good works.

John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Walking in the good works that He has chosen for us can happen only after we have received Jesus and become God*s workmanship. The most significant change happens instantly. And He then continues to work on us from within. The most important sin that we stop doing is that we stop rejecting Jesus and His authority. And then He helps us to stop other sins. Those who have not received Him are not His workmanship in the same sense. They have not been forgiven and have no good works to walk in. Before we received Jesus we were sinners who had rejected Him and His authority and were headed for judgment. We were not what He wanted us to be. After we receive Jesus we are sinners who no longer reject Him and are headed for glory. We are now who He wants us to be.

Since I received Jesus into my heart, my life has become too complex for me to control or describe. But it has also become enjoyably simple. I just need to ask Him what to do and do it. Sometimes He even tells me before I ask.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Mark 1:41b: I will; be thou clean.

Primeval darkness heard the Almighty fiat, *light be,* and straightway light was, and the word of the Lord Jesus is equal in majesty to that ancient word of power. Redemption like Creation has its word of might. Jesus speaks and it is done. Leprosy yielded to no human remedies, but it fled at once at the Lord*s *I will.* The disease exhibited no hopeful signs or tokens of recovery, nature contributed nothing to its own healing, but the unaided word effected the entire work on the spot and for ever. The sinner is in a plight more miserable than the leper; let him imitate his example and go to Jesus, *beseeching Him and kneeling down to Him.* Let him exercise what little faith he has, even though it should go no further than *Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean*; and there need be no doubt as to the result of the application. Jesus heals all who come, and casts out none. In reading the narrative in which our morning*s text occurs, it is worthy of devout notice that Jesus touched the leper. This unclean person had broken through the regulations of the ceremonial law and pressed into the house, but Jesus so far from chiding him broke through the law Himself in order to meet him. He made an interchange with the leper, for while He cleansed him, He contracted by that touch a Levitical defilement. Even so Jesus Christ was made sin for us, although in Himself He knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. O that poor sinners would go to Jesus, believing in the power of His blessed substitutionary work, and they would soon learn the power of His gracious touch. That hand which multiplied the loaves, which saved sinking Peter, which upholds afflicted saints, which crowns believers, that same hand will touch every seeking sinner, and in a moment make him clean. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, WE LIVE.

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