Ezekiel 33:31-32 – “Hurl away from you all your offenses which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why should you die? Repent and live!” (NASB)
One of the promises of God is that He will give us a new heart and a new spirit to desire to walk in His ways and honor Him with our lives. It is interesting that in this passage of Ezekiel, the great prophet frames God’s promise to give people a new heart as something they themselves can do. One of the most important revelations in Scripture we need to grasp is that God brings salvation by participation. God will never coerce or force himself on someone. Jesus Christ has declared himself as humble and gentle (Matthew 11:29).
It is God who gives someone a new heart and a new spirit, but we must respond to His call of repentance, hurling our sin away and turning to Jesus. It is Jesus who draws, enables, and transforms. However, we must be willing participants. In this way it can be said, ‘make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.’
Is there anything you need to hurl away from you in order to gain abundant life in Christ?