I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 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. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:12-17
So many people think that in order to be acceptable to God, they first have to get their lives in order. “Let me just stop doing fill in the blank and then I will be good enough to follow Christ. Some think there is no way I can stop drinking, using drugs or a host of other things so how can I possible be saved. The good news is God is not looking for the righteous He is looking for us sinners. There is no sin so great that
God cannot wash it away. There is no sin so great that Jesus’ death and resurrection cannot cover.
In the Bible we just need to look at Paul. Here is a man persecuting the Church. It is bringing believers before the courts in Jerusalem to be found guilty of heresy and put to death. In fact when Jesus called Paul he was on his way to Damascus to find and bring back Christians for punishment. Jesus did not wait for Paul to change, Jesus changed Paul.
We will never be able to get our lives good enough to go before God. We do not have to power to make such changes in our lives. We don’t have to, God will change us. Once we accept Jesus’ payment for our sins then God will start the change. It won’t happen all at once, we are still in our sinful flesh, but we will change. Every day will see us coming closer to what we were created to be. Jesus came to save sinners like me. He did not come to call the sinless, sinless people have no need for a savior.
Have a blessed day,