Given our knowledge of God from creation, every single human being should be on fire for God. We should constantly glorify him with our thoughts, words, and actions. We should be sold-out fully and committed on the deepest heart-level. He should be our first love, and our love for him should be consistent with every other love.
But even people who want to live for God’s glory are only part-time at best. Even the apostle Paul said, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Rom. 7:18-19).
This is exactly why people need the gospel.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (ESV)
Overview: This verse implies a problem, the theoretical solution, and the real solution.
- The Problem: Our Values, Priorities, and Loves Are Out of Whack
- The Theoretical Solution: Get Your Priorities Straight
- The Real Solution: Trust Christ to Change Your Heart