In my previous post on CopyJesus, I said that our instinct is broken. Some of the patterns of behavior that humans are born with are faulty. They are miswired. We call this our sinful nature. I also said that despite the fact that we are born with faulty instinct, we cannot use this as justification for bad behavior.
Defeating the Sinful Nature
Sometimes, we want to rationalize our behavior by saying, “I was born this way.” Well, that may be true, but it is no excuse. Every human being has defective instinct. Things like a bad temper, predisposition to addiction, sexual misbehavior, lack of integrity and the list could go on. Whatever it is for you, it is nothing new.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind… 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
Beyond our instinct, God has given every human being freewill. This freewill gives us the ability to choose to resist our instinct and follow a different path.
This is part of the reason that Jesus says we must be “born again” (See John 3:3). He explains the need this way:
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:5-6 NIV
Human reproduction spawns the sinful nature. We are born with it. However, a spiritual rebirth happens when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Once we do this, over time, our eyes are supernaturally opened to the truth and our ability to choose against our instinct is enhanced.
The spiritual rebirth gives us a fighting chance against our sinful nature.
What Will You Feed?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 NIV
Once you’ve gone through a spiritual rebirth, then it is up to you. Will you feed the old self or the new self? Which will you choose to follow — the old faulty instinct or the newborn spirit within you? If you choose to devote yourself to copying Jesus, you will overcome your sinful nature and never thirst again.