It has become popular for believers to say to unbelievers something like, “We’re really the same, I just happen to be forgiven.” Or something like, “You know, I have the same sort of heart you have…”. I know what is meant by such sentiments, but they are fundamentally false. Believers have hearts of flesh. Unbelievers have hearts of stone. Believers rejoice in the law of God after the inward man while unbelievers are not subject to the law of God and cannot be. Believers are children of God and unbelievers are children of wrath. One walks in light and the other abides in darkness.
I was sent the following devotional this morning which reminds us not only the the truth that the believer differs from an unbeliever but why this is so.
The Believer’s Daily Remembrancer by James Smith “Who maketh thee to differ from another.” 1 Cor 4:7
THERE is a wide difference between a Christian and a worldling; the one is dead in trespasses and sins, the other is alive unto God, by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has been quickened by the Son of God, is born of the Spirit, and taught by the eternal Father. He is a new creature, being created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God had before ordained that we should walk in them. Who made this difference? You are at once ready to answer, if really taught of God, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” “Of His OWN WILL begat He me by the word of truth.” Yes, it was the rich, free, and sovereign grace of God, and that alone, that made you to differ. Grace was given you in Christ before the world began; and the Spirit was given you in time, that you might know and enjoy the things which are freely given unto you of God. Oh, beloved, view yourself as an infinite debtor to grace; be humble before God who has thus made you to differ; and pity, pray for, and strive to benefit those who are still without. “Look unto the rock whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence you were digged.”
What was there in you that could merit esteem, Or give the Creator delight? ‘Twas “Even so, Father,” you ever must sing, “Because it seem’d good in Thy sight!”