Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15
“There is an oft-heard story that The London Times poses a question to readers at the turn of the twentieth century. What’s wrong with the world? …[P]hiosopher G.K. Chesterton penned this four-word response, a refreshing surprise to the usual passing-of-the-buck: ‘Dear Sirs, I am.’” John Blasé
The worst thing a Christian can do is reject the gospel which I would describe simply as this: a sinner saved by grace. Of course, the gospel is abundantly deeper and wider than that but can be first and foremost understood as that. We are nothing more than sinners in the eyes of a just God, in light of what we’ve done with our lives. We are sinners and our only hope for salvation is grace, a free undeserved gift from God.
The letter to the romans says that we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. We’ve all come up short of perfection. Here, I don’t think anyone of us would argue that. If pressed upon whether or not we are perfect and would therefore come up short when face to face with a perfect God, we would all surely say, of course not! However, take that same position and approach it from the other side and claim we’re all sinners deserving of hell, well now we run into a problem with most people. “Well I’m not that bad…” one might push back.
And this is where most lukewarm Christ followers might end up. They might reject the gospel of Jesus for a works-based gospel. “I’m not that bad! I go to church. I give money to the poor. I love my neighbors. I’m a good person!” But in this answer, they’ve fundamentally changed the argument. They’ve turned from acknowledging they’re ‘imperfect’ to defending themselves on their ‘goodness’. The problem however remains the same. We’re imperfect. What is wrong with the world? We are. We are broken, sinners who have turned our back on a perfect holy king and no matter what we do, we will never measure up to what we were called to be, except through Jesus.
The only gospel we can fling ourselves unto is the love, life, obedience and death of Jesus who through taking our place, suffered once for sin for all so we might be accepted before God based on His goodness and perfect not our own. We are saved by grace because God was patient with us and made a way for us to be saved! We are sinners saved by grace. We are sinners saved by Jesus.
Prayer of the day: “God, thank You for Your immense patience with me, a sinner. To You be honor and glory forever and ever.”
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