I heard recently that someone took these thoughts from a sermon: We are worthless, filthy, vile sinners and we are “nothing.” If we were to cleave only to those ideas, Christ’s death was in vain, and we would be essentially non-effective in sharing the hope of salvation with the unsaved world.
Elizabeth Elliot begins her daily broadcast with these words, “You are loved with an everlasting love. That’s what the Bible says.” We have to realize what our condition outside of Christ is and know the we can have new life in Him at the point of salvation. That in no way indicates that we have now elevated ourselves to be “something.” It simply means that we recognize that we have value BECAUSE of Christ’s redemption.
My hope is in the Lord, who gave himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.
For me, he died, for me, he lives,
And everlasting life and light he freely gives.
No merit of my own his anger to suppress,
My only hope is found in Jesus’ righteousness!
Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” My righteousness is as filthy rags, but His is perfect and complete. We can live victoriously knowing that God allowed us to inherit the righteousness of Christ. Let’s be obedient to Him and share to hope of salvation with others.