2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
It’s easier to teach someone how to properly swing a golf club if the person has never touched a club. Odds are if the person has played baseball or softball in the past, he or she will attempt to transfer that swing to the game of golf. Habits are ingrained and it is very difficult to get out of these tendencies.
The same tendencies are true for the sinner. We are physically born with a desire to please the flesh and live with the least amount of resistance in the world. Many times the sinner feels the need to clean up his/her life prior to coming to Christ. This reasoning or type of excuse for delay of salvation is not possible.
Man is only able to control his or her actions as directed by the soul or heart. The leading of the sinner is to satisfy the flesh. When Christ comes into the the sinners life, the soul is transformed from within. The makeup and desire of the heart is reworked and instituted. He is a “new creature.”
The result is a whole new set of “want to’s”. The believer still has the free will to engage in all past behaviors, but the Holy Spirit directs and guides the believer into obedience with Christ. The old desires are no longer satisfying. The regenerating grace from Christ creates new thoughts, new practices and new principles. The desire of the sinner is to please self and live a worldly standard. However, the desire of the believer is to do the will of the Jesus Christ. Let us fully and wholly submit ourselves to the will of our Savior in a fashion others can see our “new swing.”