The Apostle Paul is an excellent example for all Christians to follow. Not only by the example he set but by the humility with which he lived. He was a person who knew he was still in need of a savior. He didn’t think there was one good thing inside of him that Christ didn’t put there. We need to remember that though we have been saved, we are still in need of a savior as well.
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
Chief of Sinners
It’s pretty humbling when an Apostle admits he is one of the worst sinners. That should make us think for a second about our lives. If Paul is the chief of sinners what does that make us? Now Paul is apparently referring back to when he persecuted the church, but he also knew what he was still capable of. This is something we need to be reminded of from time to time.
Even though we have been saved by Jesus Christ, we are still sinners. We are made saints by His righteousness, but we still have the ability to slip back into our old self and sin. While this doesn’t threaten our salvation, it does take us away from Jesus. Sin turns our heart away from the presence of Jesus and towards the dark path of destruction. Thankfully Jesus came into the world to save wretched sinners like us. When we do blow it, He is there to forgive us and make us clean. Never think too highly of yourself that you think you have it made. We are sinners in need of a savior and the grace of Jesus Christ every day.