You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live. (Ephesians 2:1, NIV)
A student pastor recently said, “Many of our students read the Bible, but they don’t really believe what it says about sin. Do you know the song by Lady Gaga called, ‘Born This Way’? That’s what our middle and high school students really believe.” Here are some of the lyrics…
My mama told me when I was young
‘We are all born superstars…
There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are’
She said, ‘cause he made you perfect, babe
So hold your head up, girl, and you’ll go far’
Listen to me when I say
I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way.
All of us have to make a choice about the way we live, and that choice will evolve from what you believe about the state of your heart. If you believe your heart is fundamentally good, you will follow the inclinations of your heart and live on impulse. But if you believe what we’re learning from the Bible, you’ll distrust your own heart.
[tweet_box design=”default”]If you believe what we’re learning from the Bible, you’ll distrust your own heart.[/tweet_box]
When someone says to you, “Follow your heart,” your antenna will immediately go up and you will say, “Follow my heart? Wait a minute, this heart is sinful. If I follow my heart, it will lead me into all kinds of folly and all kinds of destruction.”
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jer. 17:9). This is the Bible’s teaching about sin, and it is meant to be a rudder that guides how you live.
Do you have a healthy distrust of your own heart?