“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
As difficult as this may sound to us who have been born-again, most people do not want to be saved, they have no desire whatsoever to be under anyone’s control. That is, after all, what we are, willingly under the direction of the Holy Spirit, dead to our own desires that are outside of the will and Word of God, accepting by our own free will the yoke of Christ.
The majority of people see that as a bondage they have no desire to share, for they will lose what they value the most, their free will. No more chasing after the things of the world, what the Scriptures call a season of sin they desire to remain in for the entirety of their lives, with no interference whatsoever from the One we tell them loves them so much.
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1st Peter 2:24)
These do not see lust as a sin, no matter what the object if their lust is, but as the natural course of mankind, and to not obtain their desires is a great frustration to them, to not be allowed to even pursue them is like being a man on a leash. They refuse to be the servant of any, save for those who can assist them in their endeavors to gain what they desire.
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:” (Col. 3:22) Nearly everywhere in the Scriptures where the word servant is used in the relationship of one who serves the Lord can be translated to the word slave, and the natural man abhors the meaning of that word above nearly all others, for it removes any possibility of free will in their minds.
Repentance, in its base form, tells them they need to change who they are, sin informs them that they are vile in the eyes of the One we say loves them, wicked, another detestable word in their minds, says they are no different in the eyes of the Creator than the most evil man who ever lived. To those who have no desire to be saved, they believe God should accept them just as they are, and if He truly loved them, He would allow them to continue in the life they have chosen for themselves.
There is no understanding of the word “Holy” in the mind of the unrepentant soul. Love to these means the complete and unfettered desires of their hearts should be sought after.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1st John 2:16)
We, my friends, those of us who have been crucified with Christ, are on that leash, we have willingly accepted the yoke of Christ, and all for the glory of God. We ask Him to continuously transform our minds, we pray for Him to help us deny the desires of the flesh, to teach us to turn our eyes from that which is detestable in His, to kill the pride daily in us that the world says is admirable. To die to self more each day so that He would be glorified in our lives.
When we speak to those who do not yet know the Lord, what they hear is that as they are is not good enough to the Almighty, but they also hear that any work they attempt to perform for their salvation will never be accepted by Him.
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16) Winnowing through the wicked to find the lost can be very frustrating but finding that one who repents brings joy unspeakable to our hearts.