The truth is that there are some things that can't be done. Last fall we were on vacation in Pennsylvania and met some sweet people at a little church there. One of them was a young lady full of life yet dying at the same time. She was 28 years old and waiting for a heart transplant. She was dying and there was nothing she could do about it. No amount of clean eating, exercise, green smoothies, or any other health practice could change the fact she needed a new heart.
In the months following we kept in touch with her and our son Nathaniel has prayed for her every night. As time passed she grew weaker and more sick. In August her doctor told her because of the meds she was on her liver was badly damaged and now she needed a liver too.
To make a long story short on September 17 she received a liver and a heart and is doing very well. She had to get them or she would have died. For her to receive them someone else had to die.
There was nothing she could do except accept her condition, recognize her need, surrender to the care of physicians and wait for the sacrifice of another who's death would give her life.
Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."
See all the law could do was identify the problem. All the doctors could do for our friend was tell her what was wrong. The law is powerless to effect change.
She accepted the diagnosis and walked according to the instructions the doctors gave her. For a time things got worse but she trusted and waited. She had no power or ability to change her circumstance other than trust, obey, and wait.
Do you see how simple it is? We need new hearts too. One has died for us so that His heart can become our heart. Trust Him, follow His lead and wait. The transplant will come. Don't fall for any other plan. Don't try and cut corners or patch up the old one. Trust, follow, wait...
See you tomorrow