One night, a winter storm dropped a fresh blanket of snow on the countryside, and the next morning, he was lost in wonder as he viewed the glistening splendour of the morning sun on the pure white snow. What a brilliant sight!
As the pastor stood gazing out of his window, admiring the purity of the scene, he saw a drab, dirty looking dog walking along a covered area and wondered whose dog it was. As it drew nearer he realised it was his own well-groomed pet. He let his dog in and found it was as spotless as always, but against the dazzling background of new snow, it appeared dirty.
In much the same way, our corrupt nature is clearly revealed when our lives are measured by the absolute standard of Divine holiness.
We might make a favourable impression when we compare ourselves with other people. Many people say, “Yes, I know I’m a sinner, but we all are, and I’m no worse than anyone else. In fact, I’m better than most”
They are using the wrong standard! They are like the 7 year old boy who declared he was over six feet tall . . . but he was using a six inch ruler and counting it as a 12 inch ruler.
He was using the wrong standard!
Not one of us can stand against the pure whiteness of the character of Christ.
HE is our standard.
We ALL fall short of His glory because He is perfect.
He is sinless and we are ALL sinners.
While it might be true that a person may be “better than most”
the fact remains that the person IS a sinner, and sin separates from God.
Romans 3:23 Everyone has sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God.
Isaiah 59:2 Your sins have separated you from God.
God makes no difference between what WE might term as minor sins and major sins, or big sins and little sins. With God, sin is sin and NO sin will enter His holy presence.
For those who haven’t experienced His love, acceptance and forgiveness, He invites you to come
1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ died for our sins
1 Peter 3:18 New Living Translation
Christ died for our sins once for all time.
He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.
He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
Romans 10:9-10 New Living Translation
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
All blood-bought, adopted children of the living God though Jesus Christ
know the REALITY
of having our sins forgiven
and being clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 New Living Translation
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin
so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
He TOOK our sin and GAVE us His righteousness!
What an exchange! What a Saviour!