Some people are of the belief that mankind at its core is basically good. The Bible teaches otherwise. According to scripture, people are sinners by their very nature, and though they may be trained to do nice things, they are still enslaved to sin from birth. A person’s specific sins are merely the fruit of a sinful heart. The temper, or the lust, or the selfishness is simply the natural outflow of a depraved heart.
One of the ways in which sin is most clearly manifested is in the rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord over one’s life. Jesus said, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19 NASB) The Light of Jesus Christ and the gospel came into the world, but man in his natural depravity rejects that light. The Bible further states that “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB)
This natural rejection of Christ is also known as the sin of unbelief. Sinners are called in Scripture to repent and turn from this heinous spiritual crime and submit to the Lordship of Christ over their life. But sinners will never do that because it goes against their nature. So how is anyone saved? Answer: God graciously grants a new heart to some sinners by the miracle of regeneration. Jesus told Nicodemus “you must be born again” (John 3:3), and when this happens, the sinner’s nature is changed from one who rejects Christ to one who embraces Christ. And since that change came about by God’s power rather than man’s; God receives all the glory for the salvation.
Have you experienced this change in your life? Are you a genuine “born again” follower of Jesus Christ? If so, then praise God for changing your heart. He didn’t have to do that, he freely chose to do that. And if it’s clear that Christ is not the Lord over your life, repent and turn to Him. For its only by his grace, that you will be changed and one day enter in to glory because of His merciful provision.