The Number One Problem in the World: me
I am not a good person. I've never met a good person. I've met people who think they are good. But no one is good except God alone.
So, when I wake up in the morning, I feel such a burden to remind myself that I am so wicked that I deserve to burn in the hottest Hell forever and ever. I deserve God's intense wrathful anger all the days of my life. I deserve no good thing.
I don't deserve sunshine. I deserve suffering.
I don't deserve ice cream. I deserve isolation from the Creator.
I don't deserve a family. I deserve flames.
I don't deserve Christ. I deserve condemnation.
I don't deserve the body of Christ. I deserve beatings as a criminal.
Why are these truths so hard for people to grasp? Just think back through your life, fight the self-deception that doesn't want you to see just how bad things have been and are going and then compare your life to the life of Christ. If you do, you should become detested with your deeds, become sorrowful with your speech, and become terrified with your thoughts!
We are an evil race! Humans are the number one problem in the world. And I feel how much I contribute to the problem. I am selfish with my possessions. I am so harsh in my words. I am impatient like no other (I can't stand traffic--I need lots of help). I am so ungrateful, quick to complain, don't cry out in prayer very much, ignore God's word like it's a book on gardening, and I lie, steal, cheat and act like nothing is wrong. I am a sinner in need of a Savior.
Do you see yourself as worthless? You should. Until you come to know Christ, you remain a worm, you are dust, you are just a part of a drop in a bucket, you are a mist, you are so small. Yet when you give your life to Christ, Jesus gives you his identity and you become one with Him. He gives you His perfect righteousness, so that when He sees you He sees you as perfect in His eyes, as He works on making you perfect. He forgives you of all your sins and freely removes all guilt and sin and shame. And He gives you the future hope to see His face and rule with Him on the New Heavens and New Earth. Jesus changes everything.
Michael Ward, Michael Ward 96 Comments
[11/2/2007 4:49:46 AM]
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