I’m reading a book about John Newton, the man who wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, and how he lived the Christian life. Newton was a wicked young man. He swore, gambled, tried witchcraft, and slept with women as he travelled the world on a slave ship. He didn’t enjoy alcohol but he drank to get Read More
My Foolish Heart
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14v1)
Imagine a landlord who owns two properties. They’re next door to each other – and they’re both amazing! They’re both spacious and clean – but they’re also kitted out with everything you need – a home cinema, a gym, an indoor swimming pool – a private golf course – and a sports bar!
Anyway – this landlord rents his two properties for FREE! The only condition is that the tenants keep in touch with him. And so two men move in – obviously thrilled with the facilities.
But the first man absolutely trashes the place. He hosts party after party – there are beer stains on the carpet, cigarette burns on the chairs, vomit outside and in. He lets his mates urinate on every hole of the golf course. What he does is disgusting – and he does it without shame.
But the second man keeps his rented house immaculate. He hoovers the lounge and mops the kitchen – daily. He cleans all surfaces with anti-bac – daily. He scrubs the toilet and shower with disinfectant – daily. And the golf course – with regular mowing, watering and fertilising – it’s not just well maintained, but flawless.
But when the landlord returns – he kicks them both out. You see – the whole time they were living in his properties – neither of them maintained contact – they just ignored him. When he sent emails – they both marked them as spam. When he posted letters – they both shredded them. When he made phone calls – they both hung up. Although one of them looked after the property better than the other – both of them completely spurned the landlord. Their heart attitude was identical – turned away from him. Effectively they were saying – ‘There is no landlord.’
And the same is true of each and every one of us when it comes to our natural heart. It’s not that people can’t objectively do good things. It’s that our default attitude towards God is never good. And He’s not just a landlord – He is the Creator – He has given us our very life and breath. And to spurn Him – to live as if He’s non-existent – is ultimate foolishness – and it means that we deserve to be kicked out of His good world.
But praise God for the gospel of grace…
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3v3-5)