If you’ve raised a son, you’re well aware that they tend to come from a primitive tribe of humanity generally unconcerned with personal hygiene. Activities like brushing their teeth and hair, changing their clothes and using deodorant are not only foreign, but strongly resisted. A parent can say in a thousand different ways, “Son, your body stinks,” and the boy will sniff, lift his shoulders, and as the shoulders fall exhale with the sound of “so what?”
Shortly after boys reach an age where the interest in teasing girls fades to enjoying them, boys don’t know what they really need. There has to be a massive hormonal change for them to see their personal hygiene in a different light.
Granted, there are some boys who seem to never develop into a human, but the discussion on cavemen must be withheld for another day.
Like boys, spiritually dead people don’t know what they need. They can be offered a variety of choices, but their whole desire is the indulgence of sin. Jesus said, the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). Certainly, the indulgence of sin comes in varying degrees, but sin always drives the heart.
We can offer the spiritually dead opportunities to exercise their own wills. We can argue a choice activities. We can emotionally move them between ideas. It requires the Spirit of God bringing life for a dead person to know what he needs spiritually. Light follows life.
Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light (Ephesians 5:14).