I’m a Sinner, But I’m Saved! Thank God!

My friends, since I am still recovering from surgery to my right shoulder, typing is still quite painful after a few moments. I thought about a few things I wanted to write, but then decided a re-post was in order.

So, I went back a few years into the archive, and that’s when I found this post. I little voice inside me said, “Post that one again.” Therefore, I hope you read the whole thing; it might be a word from the Lord for you.


I Still Sin

(updated)

It may come as a shock to some of you, but I still sin. Yes, this preacher still makes mistakes. You see, I am no better than anyone else, even though there used to be a time when I thought I was.

Years ago, when I was a really legalistic son-of-a-gun, it wasn’t uncommon for me to look down my nose at others who were “less spiritual.” Oh, I wouldn’t admit I thought I was better than anyone, because I really thought I was humble. It’s just, seriously, I never committed any of those horrible sins like adultery, murder, etc. All my sins were small, like not cleaning my room when asked, or looking too long at pictures in the J.C. Penney catalog.

But things changed. First, I found out that this self-righteous do-gooder could actually screw up – big time. Second, I found out that some of the ones I looked down on before had better excuses for their sin than I did. Third, I grew up. Forth, I found out what grace is all about.

So, I still mess up from time to time. I still sin, and that’s because I still live in unredeemed flesh. However, there are still times when I need to be reminded of how sinful my little sins are, and how great God’s grace is.

What I Deserve

Last week I lusted. Yes, this preacher – a married man and father of three – lusted. It’s not like I do it all the time, but I saw something on television that caused me to look longer than I needed to, to allow some thoughts to come into my mind that had no business there. A moment of weakness. Just being honest.

Later in the day, after a long day on a hot school bus, I took a shower. As I was washing my face, soap got into my eyes and caused them to sting. With a wince I felt a little twinge of guilt as I was reminded of the earlier sin involving my eyes. I said aloud, but to myself, “I guess I deserved that.”

Then, almost immediately, a still, small, Voice whispered into my heart, “No, what you really deserve is Hell.” In other words, it was like God was saying to me, “Anthony, is that how little you think of my Son’s sacrifice for you?” In other words, if all it took was a little soap in the eyes to pay for that mistake, why the cross?

Bam!

Do you realize that even if all you and I had ever done was commit some little, private sin, Jesus would have still had to die on a cross to reconcile us with God? Do you realize even the smallest, most insignificant sin is still sin in God’s eyes? ALL sin separates us from the Father, therefore ALL sin is worthy of Hell.

But praise the Lord for God’s amazing grace! It saved a wretch like me. Through it the righteousness of Christ was imputed to me, and therefore I am now truly clean, holy in the sight of God my Father.

I’m a sinner, but I’m a saved sinner. Thank God!


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6 responses to “I’m a Sinner, But I’m Saved! Thank God!

  1. “Second, I found out that some of the ones I looked down on before had better excuses for their sin than I did.”

    Love this, Anthony. That is really a key part, realizing that if we were walking in someone else’s shoes, our own sin might even look a whole lot worse. Would I handle their life and their temptations as gracefully as they have? Perhaps not.

    I sometimes quip about being a murderer, my go to phrase being “well, I haven’t killed anyone yet.” But then God pointed out that I actually have a metaphorical trail of bad people who all need to be fertilizing my rose bushes. There was definitely some murder in my heart. Much like lust resides in the condition of our hearts, blood lust does too. By grace He changes that, “thou shall not kill” to “thou shall not even want to, thou shall desire to pour life over other people instead.”

  2. Reblogged this on forging4th and commented:
    We are all on the same level field when it comes to being a sinner. How we respond to God in the moment is what He looks at.

  3. Thanks for the reminder that we all are sinners and we are all on the same playing field when we sin. That’s where is grace and mercy are so humbling for me. For like Paul I will say “I a bond servant of Christ whom died for me the chief sinners”

  4. Powerful post, Anthony. God’s grace is so incredibly humbling, isn’t it? God bless you! Praying for your ongoing recovery from surgery!

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