When times get hard we often return to our primal instincts. Primal means by nature or instinct. It may also refer to the earliest form of something.
Some of our Primal Instincts:
- Survival and Reproduction are often called the most basic instincts. Revealing themselves in most of the others.
- Food or Desire to Eat. Hunger.
- Fear. The Fight or Flight response to events.
- Breathing. The body has primal reflexes to try to secure air ways.
- Health and Wellness. When we get sick we have a drive to diagnose and get well
- Addictions can become primal instincts, taking over our brain and hijacking our desires.
- Love and Family. Nature calls Mom to care for the family and Dad to provide for the family.
So what did you do? How did you react when uncertainty and difficulty and pressure came? Our primal reactions to difficulty tell us about ourselves and may highlight area of spiritual immaturity. So did you…
- Choose Fear or faith?
- Choose Division or unity?
- Hoard or give?
- Demonstrate Anger or joy?
- Create Tension or peace?
- Lash out or Encourage?
- Hide out or stay connected?
- Pray or Worry?
- Obey Jesus or Obey your lust?
- Witness or Complain?
- Depend on God or handle it yourself?
Your primal reactions will show you some areas of potential spiritual growth. The good new is, Jesus is in the business of transforming our nature, our instincts. Check out some of favorite verses on the subject of transformation:
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
22 to take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.
2 Peter 1:4
By these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire.
I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances.
Jesus gives us a new nature when we put our faith and trust in him. Do you need to start there and ask Jesus to enter your life and give you a new nature, replacing the corrupt, basic instinct of this world with his presence and transformation? “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13. Saved from the old nature, to put on the brand new.
When we do that, some of our old nature may hang on and not let go. As we submit to Jesus everyday, we can gain the advantage in that area. Is there an area of your life that does not line up with the divine nature? Did our current crisis reveal areas of weakness in your faith? Maybe you need to seek God today, repent, and ask him to empower you in that area.
This is true for the church as well. We need to return to our Primal Roots to be fruitful and effective in this culture. And that, we’ll uncover later this week.