I have become good at attacking sin in the lives of other people. Send me towards a vile sinner, and I will set them straight. The power of the Gospel is working so much in me that I am able to point out even the smallest trajectory away from God and bring you into repentance. Yup! If you need some one to confront a sinner in your life with the truth of Jesus, I am the one to call.
What about my own sin, you ask? Well, a mistake every once in a while doesn’t really count as a sin. I slip up here and there, but who doesn’t? No, I’m talking about the sin in the lives of others. When they are dishonoring their parents, being proud of their accomplishments, or lusting after power, women and possessions, they need a punch in the throat. My sins are never that grievous. I am not that bad.
And then I read things like this
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, You should be holy, for I am holy.”- 1 Peter 1.13-16
“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his own body.”- James 3.2
And I remember that I am not perfect
Actually, I am far from it. Just last week I was working on confronting (more like obnoxiously complaining to and about) another person’s sin when I became increasingly aware of the sin in my life. This person is controlling, rude, and a liar. But that doesn’t mean they are worse than me. By Friday I was able to point out specific occurrences of my laziness, lust and pride. I am daily in need of truths that songs like this portray:
I need to sing this everyday… to me. I am guilty of the same thing. I am a sinner. I need Jesus daily.
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the foremost. But i received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”- 1 Timothy 1.15-16