"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” I Timothy 1:15
There is a club to which we all belong - the sinner’s club. It does not matter your age, your ethnicity, or if you were raised in a Christian home or not. You can know the Bible like the back of your hand, but it does not absolve you of what you are. The fall of man came with Adam and Eve in the garden and since that fateful day, we were all condemned to die because of our sinful condition. Romans 5:12 states, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
When I was a little guy, it did not take me long to figure out how to be mischievous. I had an older sister who mainly walked on the straight and narrow, but I was clearly on the broad road to destruction. I could not blame her for my wicked ways as she did not teach me devious things, but instead would plead for me to do what was right. I would get into trouble by picking fights and annoying her as little brothers do. She would tell on me and try to guide me and give me advice, but I had no time to listen as I sought to please myself.
I would ditch Sunday School class, roam under the pews during the preaching service, and attempt to buy candy cigarettes, even though I knew they were forbidden in our home. It did not take me long to make it to the principal’s office, and I still remember what the paddle looked like. I sought every angle to disobey and go my own way, and the rod of correction would always be applied to my backside. I went through the elementary grades receiving this correction, and I finished my eighth grade year by taking a paddle to the backside for fighting in the lockers. I was a full-fledged member in the sinner’s club, and there was no denying it as I seemed to hold a gold membership card with my name boldly stamped on the front.
I became an adult and forgot I was a sinner. I judged people on the church they attended or the version of the Bible they read, and I ignored my own egregious sins. I carried a nice Bible and wore on suit on Sundays, but one would hardly guess I was a Christian any other day of the week. I became self-righteous, and I failed to see myself for who I was. I was a sinner, and much like the apostle Paul, I was a chief among them. I was in need of a spiritual mirror to show me how naive and blind I was to my own sinful ways. James 1:23-24 states, “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass (mirror): For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” We only fool ourselves when we read or hear God’s word and, while we see the areas to improve, we do not obey God’s word and immediately forget what manner of sinner we are.
I thank God for the work He does in me, and for the constant sanctification tests that show me my true image in the spiritual mirror of God’s word. I praise God that because I know I am a sinner, I was able to see my need for a Savior and accept the remedy for my sin. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and He had washed my sins away. Isaiah 1:18 states, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Where are you today friend? Do you realize you are a sinner? Jesus Christ did not come to save those who think they are good, but He came to seek and to save those who are lost. What will you do with Christ today? Will you acknowledge that you are a member of the sinner’s club, and accept His free gift of cleansing today? Although your sins are as red as scarlet, they can be as white as snow.
Stay in the fight!