We used to have a young Ethiopian man worship with us occasionally. This college student was fond of saying his native tongue, Amharic, is the language of heaven. This handsome dark-skinned man was also a Christian. God renewed him and remade him. God changed him on the inside. This is the great modern day miracle, the work of God changing human hearts. God says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good who are accustomed to doing evil” (Jeremiah 13:23).
Many people have problems; they are accustomed to doing evil. They are addicted to sexual sins, illicit drugs, cheating in school, or stealing things from work. Can these people change permanently? The popular answer is a resounding No. An alcoholic always remains an alcoholic. As the leopard cannot rub off its spots, so those practiced in sin cannot change themselves into saints. Only God can bring about such change. The apostle Paul reminds Christians, “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, not the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, italics added).
God does what we cannot do. He miraculously changes people so they are no longer what they once were. To help you understand this better, click here and listen to the message, “Grace: God’s Remedy for Evil.”