For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
(Romans 8:7-8 ESV)
The good news that Jesus Christ came to rescue people from their sins, guilt and death by taking on a body, living a perfect life and dying as their substitute in a penal execution, but then being raised from the dead three days later is a deal too good to be true. It's certainly something anyone in his right mind would jump at. The problem is we’re not in our “right mind” at least as far as seeing and receiving this divine gift.
The Bible is very clear on this. We cannot and will not run after God and His deliverance on our own. We’re very happy—thank you very much—to go on the way we are and that is to be at war with God. To make things worse, Satan, the ruler of this world, keeps us enslaved and in the dark. You can read it for yourself that he has “blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”(2 Cor. 4:4 ESV).
So it sounds like there’s no hope for the human heart—that we’re all too far gone, right? Wrong.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13 ESV)
What happens first is that the Lord does something on their behalf. The Bible says that the ones who were enslaved and blind and walking dead men are brought to life—born again—not by their own will or determination (remember they
cannot and will not submit to God), but by God. The apostle Paul, after he spoke of how we will not submit to God, wrote: "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you" (Rom. 8:11 ESV).
God's Spirit comes and takes up residence in the heart and brings it back to life. It's not CPR—we weren’t a little dead or almost gone. No, we were totally dead. He has to resurrect us from the dead. And the Spirit draws us to Jesus alluring us with His true beauty and goodness and love. God enables us to do what we can’t do on our own and that is to humbly depend on Jesus to remedy our greatest problem—our hearts.
So, are we too far gone? Left to ourselves, the answer is yes. However, God who is loving and kind and shows great sympathy will not sit idly by. He will rescue and deliver. And that means there is hope.
Don't lose hope. Look to Jesus and receive this gift that is too good to be true.