[Calvary Chapel] 2003-07-10 - OS Rebuild

Ezek 36:26-27 "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 "And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. (NAS)

I had a problem with my computer at work today. It reminded me of the 'human condition'. Here's what happened. I check periodically for patches to the Operating System (OS) on the systems I use to do my work at my job. I downloaded a patch to the window manager. It was a security update from a trusted source. The patch is designed to fix a potential problem in the software. It is supposed to be good for my computer. To cut right to the chase, I am rebuilding that computer first thing in the morning. The patch crippled the window manager so that it is nearly unusable.

This is not unlike people. We move through our lives looking for things to make our lives better. Some of the things that are used to try to fill the needs we have do about as much good as the patch that crippled my computer. Drugs, alcohol, fast cars, better jobs, bigger houses and boats, etc. are often used to try to patch the needs in people's lives. All by themselves, these are not all bad things. There is nothing evil about a boat, car or a house. They are simply things.

A software patch must cover the problem that exists in the previous version of the software. Just like a cloth patch must completely cover the hole in a garment. A cloth patch that is too small can cause more problems than there were by getting caught on something and ripping a larger hole in the garment. It literally works against the intended purpose. When things are used to patch the feeling of incompleteness in our lives it is just the same. The feeling is often that the next thing will fill the need. When it does not, it becomes the next thing. It is very much like an addiction.

Paul explains that the human spiritual heart does not need a patch. There is no patching something that is in tatters. No amount of skill in mending will make a difference. In the 1960s a doctor in South Africa replaced a physical human heart and had the patient survive for the first time. With these extraordinary measures the patient lived an additional 17 days. It was an amazing medical feat at the time. God has been in the business of replacing spiritual hearts since Adam and Eve. The difference is interesting. The physical patient still suffers physical death. Both will live forever spiritually. The difference is where.

The new spiritual heart that God's salvation provides is a complete replacement for the life in tatters. The old life is ruined by sin. The damage is irreparable. The life, like the dying heart, must be replaced completely. Not unlike the complete OS reinstall my computer will see tomorrow, Jesus will replace the life ruined by sin with His sinless life. God will not allow sin into His eternity. Without Jesus' new life we are doomed to patch after patch that will never completely solve the problem - the human condition. The choice is up to us.

Grace & Peace,

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