The more you become an expert in something like music or sports, the more you need to practice to remain at that level. Baseball players take more groundballs and musicians play more scales. One area where we don’t need any practice is being a sinner. Nothing comes more naturally to us than sinning. It constantly reminds us that we are still in need of a savior.
“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
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 must remember that though we have been saved, we are still in need of a savior.
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 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.
Still In Need of a Savior
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 selves and sin. While this doesn’t threaten our salvation, it does take us away from Jesus. Sin turns our hearts 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.