“Why do people exchange their worship of the true God for the worship of gods that do not exist? Pagan gods exist to serve the people; the God of Scripture created people to serve Him.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“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.” 1 Timothy 1:15
You have no doubt noticed that Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians says, “I am least of the Apostles.”155 Later, in his letter to the Ephesians he confesses, “I am least of all saints.”156 Toward the end of his life he tells Timothy, “I am the chief of sinners.” The longer he lived the less he thought of himself, not because as the years past he progressively became more depraved, but because the closer he drew to Jesus Christ, the sharper the contrast between himself and Jesus. When you make Jesus the standard, the more you grow in Christ the more aware you are of your depravity.
For this reason, you will generally find that people who have walked with the Savior for many years view themselves as unclean and unworthy. Talk to a person that believes he is good and, in all probability, you are talking to one who is not looking at Jesus.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” 157 is the testimony of Paul after serving Christ for many years. Writing to the Corinthians he says, “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 158 The constant awareness of sin caused Paul to be perpetually vigilant in his quest to please Christ.
Understanding your depravity is essential for holiness. For if you cannot see your sinfulness, then what motivates you to change?
155 I Corinthians 15:9
Judges 11-12 Luke 6:1-26 (New King James Version)
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