If Christians cannot have their heart changed, then there is no essential difference between Christianity and other religions. It is only a matter of reform and comparison. But the words and works of Christ give us reason to think differently.
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Nicodemus with all his wealth, prestige and power in the city of Jerusalem needed a new start. He needed a new life, a new heart. Cultural Christianity is the Christianity without the new life. People are 'born' into the faith rather than believe into the faith. (Of course this can't really happen -John 1:13)! They have the teaching without the power. They are the world inside, but Christianity on the outside. The world can't stand this type of Christianity that offers so much but has nothing to give. All they see is people claiming to live for God but really living for themselves. (Jude 10-16). These so-called Christians more than often wish they were in the world. If you could see them daydreaming: you would see them rushing along in the marathon to get the most out of the world.
We need a pure heart to seek for God. The first step in gaining a new heart is to be 'born again.' With a new life we have a new heart. Can you mark a point in time when you had a change of heart for the things of God? Can you say right now, deep in your heart that you have a great longing for the things of God? I am not denying that you might be battling some sin right now. Go deeper. Can you hold on to a desire for God? If not, I suggest that you need first to get a new heart from God.
Without life, we cannot train a child to walk or talk. Without a new life, we should not expect those things that only a new life can provide. If you haven't yet become a 'born again' Christian, then begin to seek the Lord for His heart born in your life. Humble your heart. Tell Him of your sins and your deserving instant judgment. Beg mercy and plead for faith to believe that Jesus Christ has died for your own sins too. When we believe, the Holy Spirit works through the new heart.
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