“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32, ESV)
I’m needy. I like to eat. I don’t want to stop.
I have found a lot of things like that in me. What begins as a simple need, often degrades into a battle between what I want to do and what I should do. Like you, I dislike the battle…OK…I hate it. I simply wish it would all go away, and I would always want to do the right thing.
But, what would be the fun in that?!
Yes…you heard me correctly. The battle is our joy. Without the fight, we would not know victory. We would never experience the exaltation of choosing well. We would have no testimony to life. Certainly, we can hate the conflict, but in the end, it reveals the invigorating battle for a better life.
This is repentance. Believing in who God is, and who we are in Him—accepting that we are a pre-existent story from the imagination of God. That, we have an intended purpose—a destiny. But, you must fight for it.
This is good news! We are free to choose. When you stop believing that, repent, and let Jesus heal you.