Like the dentist, faith can drill out decay in our hearts

Nov 6, 2015 By Ian McFarland

God bless Alfred Einhorn. That basically sums up my thoughts this morning.

I just returned from seeing my dentist. We have this sort of annual arrangement where I go see him, recline in his chair, and talk about my fillings.

Turns out this year was like most years: I drank a few too many Pepsis, or didn't quite brush "back there" well enough, and now I'm a little poorer in original material and a little richer in amalgam.

Which brings me back to Alfred Einhorn. Apparently he was the chemist who, in 1905, first figured out that combining a little bit of this with a pinch of that resulted in Novocain.

At least that's what I read on Wikipedia. And if you can't trust the Internet, what can you trust?

Regardless, yay for Alfred!

As I lay there amazed at how a tiny drill buzzed as though it were actually a chainsaw, I couldn't help but think how absolutely, unbearably awful the same experience would be without the sweet relief of Novocain.

The bottom line is, Novocain or not, nobody really enjoys the process of having something rotten drilled out. It's all for our own good, and it makes life better in the end, but no one enjoys the process.

This is true of our teeth and our hearts.

Even though it's not a popular thing to say, the Bible shows us that the human heart is full of sin.

To make matters worse, most of us have this near-perfect ability to spot sin in others, but the sin in our own hearts is so well camouflaged that even the world's best-equipped hunter is green and brown with envy.

So we have a problem: there's a huge, rotting cavity deep within our hearts, yet we've expertly convinced ourselves that it's either not there or not an issue.

A mostly unpopular guy who lived a really long time ago once made this statement: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).

That's the bad news. The good news is Jesus! He's the Son of God! He basically turned the world on its head and started a movement that has no explanation outside of the miraculous.

The good news, according to the best-selling book of all time (and most historically verified!), is that Jesus can drill out our sin and replace it with His righteousness.

Sound too good to be true? It's not. But it does require a few things from us - things like humility, repentance, and faith.

Pretty straightforward, right? Yet today I'm alarmed as Jesus is often being portrayed as a Messiah who merely wants to affirm you as you are and lead you in a humanitarian revolution.

What the Bible actually says is this: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." It's not that Jesus didn't do humanitarian work. He did. But those in Scripture whose lives He really changed were those who acknowledged their sin in the presence of His holiness.

Peter, for instance, willingly died for His faith in Christ. And yet how did his journey of faith begin?

"Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."

As it turns out, when your sin is so heavy on your heart that you want Jesus to go away from you, that's actually when Jesus is the closest. It seems the only sins that might stand between you and God are those you won't acknowledge.

So let Jesus drill out your sin and save you. I promise, you won't even need Novocain.

By Ian McFarland, Cornerstone Community Church for the Riverton Ministerial Association

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