Summary: Why do Christians sometimes not act like Christians? This sermon tells us why and used the story of the cuckoo bird as the illustration.
We Are All A Little Bit Cuckoo
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
16If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
22For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Have you ever heard someone say, "You are driving me cuckoo"?
What do you think that means?
Where did that saying come from?
The title of my sermon today is: We Are All A Little Bit Cuckoo
How many have a cuckoo clock at home?
Did you know there really is such a bird as the cuckoo?
Listen carefully as I tell you about the cuckoo bird!
When spring arrives all the birds build a nest and the female bird lays her eggs. However, the cuckoo never builds its own nest. When the female cuckoo bird decides it’s time to lay eggs, she finds another unattended nest with eggs in it. The cuckoo lands, hurriedly lays an egg, and takes off again. That’s all the cuckoo does in terms of parenting. (We have a lot of cuckoos in our society today!) The bird that built the nest never notices that there is a new egg in the nest.
More about the cuckoo bird a little later!
Let’s get back to our Bible passage today in Romans Chapter 7.
The Apostle Paul was a fine Christian man.
Yet, he clearly admits in this passage that he is "carnal".
In his first letter to the Corinthian Church,
Paul calls them "carnal" and it’s not a compliment.
So what does the word "carnal" mean?
It comes from the Greek word "sarkikos" sar-kee-kos.
It means bodily, fleshly, unregenerate.
Webster’s Dictionary defines it as "worldly, connected with the appetites of the body, sensual; secular as opposed to spiritual."
Paul told the Corinthian Christians
that they wouldn’t understand spiritual things
because they were carnal.
But here in Romans Chapter 7,
Paul is trying to explain
why he doesn’t always act like a Christian should.
He says, "Why can’t I do what I know is right?"
"Why do I do what I know is wrong?"
Anybody here know how Paul felt?
Hebrews 12:1 says:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Why is it so difficult to consistently act like a Christian?
What keeps us from being our best for Jesus?
We have a sinful body indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
Just like the bird in our story that has two kinds of eggs in the nest
we have two natures in our lives.
Adam and Eve dwelt in the Garden of Eden.
They lived a life of innocence in perfect bodies.
Sin came into the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
Genesis 3:7 says:
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
They lost their innocence!
A sinful nature came upon their bodies.
Adam and Eve passed that sinful nature on to their children.
And it has passed on down through the many generations.
1 Corinthians 15:22 says: For as in Adam all die...