Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15
Without peer pressure, most people do not consider themselves the worst. Many will believe they are not worth much, because of the pressures of others around them, but seldom as the worst.
Most want to believe that they have some value or good in them, even if they are not the best. In thinking this way, very few like to put themselves down and will often fight back if someone else puts them down.
Paul points out that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Then he states that he is the worst of sinners.
Going through life, most people see it full of problems, but they also believe that they can overcome those problems. They see value in life in getting and doing things. Anything is allowed in this process of getting and doing, as long as it does not harm anyone or anything else. There is no universal absolute moral right or wrong.
Inside the church, there have been many who have bought into this type of thinking. Sin has been accepted and many believe that they are a good person, ignoring the standard God had set.
The believer who has realized what Jesus did, who He is and who he, himself is, will understand their own filthiness of sin. Instead of seeing himself as a good person, he will see his sin and consider himself the worst of sinners. This believer will judge himself against the standard of Jesus, who was perfect.
As one judges himself this way, he will understand the love and mercy of God to save him from those sins. It will also push him to strive and live the holy life God is calling him to.
Although you may not be ‘as bad’ as someone else, you are a sinner that Jesus wants to save. Every time you disobey God in any way, you sin. Any and all sin that you do makes you the worst of sinners with Paul.
Regardless of how little or how much you sin, you are sinner that God loves and wants to show mercy to. View yourself as a sinner that Jesus is redeeming, God loves and is having mercy on. Allow God to change you and make you holy as Jesus is holy.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will understand that sins you have done against God; that you will know God’s great love and mercy for you; and that God will make you holy as Jesus is holy.
Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” Mark 3:11
History books are filled with hundreds of thousands of names of people that had existed at some point in time. Their stories are written about. Some are very detailed, while others are just the name mentioned once.
Most people are willing to accept that those people were real and what was said about them. The majority, though, have a different opinion about Jesus and what the Bible says about Him.
As Jesus went along, there were times people came to Him that were possessed by evil spirits. When these evil spirits saw Jesus they would fall down. They knew who Jesus really was.
Nearly all of the world will acknowledge that Jesus did exist. The majority will also agree that He was a good teacher and a good person. But very few realize who He really is. Their vision of Him is just a teacher and a good man, and nothing more than that.
All of Scripture testifies that Jesus was God’s Son. He is God in the flesh. What does this mean to a person? It means that Jesus IS the creator of all things. It means that He HAS full, absolute authority. It means He IS the only way to God. It means He IS truth. It means He IS the Savior.
When a person realizes who Jesus really is, he will be like the evil spirits that fell before Him and will fall down before Him. Those who realize this will submit to His authority and not demand their own way. They will humble themselves before Jesus, knowing how unworthy and sinful they are. And they will claim He is LORD–The Master, The Savior, not just a good teacher or a good person.
When you hear about Jesus who do you see Him as?
Do not be like the majority of the world and see Him as just a good teacher. Realize that He is God’s Son, the one and only Savior. He is the only way to God. He is truth.
Allow Jesus to be all these things and more to you in your life. Jesus can and will give you an abundant and eternal life if you will make Him LORD-MASTER of your life and not just a good, moral teacher.
Today I pray that God will open your eyes to see who Jesus really is; that you will humble yourself before Jesus; that Jesus will be Lord of your life; and that you will live your life for God.