I Am Not A Sinner

I Am Not A Sinner

And you aren't either
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"I am a sinner saved by grace."

What a nice sentiment that statement holds; I am unworthy of what God has given me, and I acknowledge that. Is that how God sees us, though? Simply as filthy people, He had to save?

"What you think, you are."

There are hundreds of examples that prove this. People who convince themselves they are sick, and then become ill. Children who are told they are dumb and begin failing tests. What we believe about ourselves is what we become.

So why do we tell ourselves that we are sinners? I don't want to continue to be a sinner.

You see, when we begin to explain the beauty of Jesus, the Gospel, and following Him, and we start out by saying that everyone in the world is a horrible person, we start to lose the beauty, and frankly, the point.

Yes, everyone sins. Romans 3:23. But where in Jesus' ministry did you see Him look at someone and say "You are a sinner and deserve death, but I am here to save you. So if you change your ways and follow me, then you can go to Heaven when you die."?

That's what he told the woman at the well, right? Oh, no. He told her that He had Living Water. Right. As though He wanted the woman to have the best life she could possibly have.

What about Zaccheus? Jesus definitely told him that he was a sinner. Wait.. no.. Jesus wanted to eat a meal with him... Like Zaccheus was any other human that deserved love.

Or what about the parable of the prodigal son? When the son finally returned home, the father told him how horrible he had been. Shoot.. I forgot.. He actually threw his son a party because he was more concerned about his son being home than about whatever he had done in his time away.

You see, my point is not that I do not sin. We all sin. It is the disposition of our flesh. My point is that Jesus doesn't condemn me for my sin, and he doesn't label me as a sinner. He calls me loved, cherished, magnificent. I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights. If I continue to say that I am a sinner, I will continue to live out of sin. If I remind myself daily that I am indwelt by Christ and eternally loved, I will begin to live out of love.

Jesus was the wisest person to ever live. His ministry was flawless. The point He made in every encounter that is recorded in the Bible is that the Kingdom of God is a place of goodness and beauty. He was never trying to convince people to stay out of Hell or to not sin. He was explaining to people why they should choose to live out of the Kingdom.

The more we talk about how sinful we are, the harder it will be to avoid sin.

The more we talk about the goodness of the Kingdom and God's grace - the way He moves in our lives - the harder it will be to avoid those things.

So maybe it's time to erase the phrase "I am a sinner" from your vocabulary. Try replacing it with some of these:

"By the grace of God, I am a saint."

"I am an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God's great universe."

"I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights."

Start telling yourself these things every morning, and see if it changes your perspective on yourself, God, and those around you. I think it might.


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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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How Incorporating Organization In My Daily Routine Single-Handedly Changed My Life

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It would be a complete fabrication of the truth if I pretended that my life in any way has been picture perfect. Things are messy, life is messy, and my life becomes an endless cycle of self provoked destruction.

I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

To successfully enact this measure, I try to never go into a day unaware of what I must accomplish, what tasks/work I have to attend to, and stocked with a full calendar and set of alarms that prevent me from missing deadlines. Although mildly time-consuming to detail my life in advance, it is greatly beneficially outweighed through the amount of time this tactic saves me.

Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

I am grateful for the role that organization has played in my life and suggest that everyone incorporate some type of underlying structure in their lives, to realize that anything is achievable with proper organizational preparation.


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