Just imagine that this morning you woke up, and God decided to switch your DNA with Lance Armstrong’s overnight. You now have one of the best genetic structures in the world—your bones, your muscles, your heart and lungs, your reflexes, all genetically programmed to have the potential of winning the Tour De France.
All this is yours, an incredilble undeserved gift of God.
Question: Now what would it take to actually win the Tour De France? To live out the potential you now had been given by God?
First, you would have to realize your genetic structure was different, that you had been fundamentally changed.
Second, you would have to understand how you had been changed—if you knew you had been given Lance Armstrong’s DNA but didn’t know who he was or what he was good at, you would still be at a loss.
Third, you would have to train—you would have to bring those qualities to full maturity over a course of time through focused, dedicated discipline. Only then would you be able to win the race.
So it is with the new birth: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17 ESV) A fundamental change takes place in our heart; we are given a complete new set of “spiritual DNA”—all things have become new.
But to realize this potential, to live out what God has done for use, requires the same three things: to realize that we have been given a new heart, to understand the nature of our new heart, and then through time and discipline to train and use our new heart until it reaches the full measure of maturity and potential that God has uniquely gifted us to be, until we fully become the people that God has destined us to be.