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Philemon and I Timothy 1: I Need to Live to Save Sinners

Christian Living, Evangelism, forgiveness, I Timothy, Overcoming Satan, overcoming sin, salvation, sin

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Matthew 9-10: Seeing What Jesus Saw

Christian Living, Evangelism, Jesus, Matthew

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Mark 1-2: The #1 Reason for Firing Your Internal Image Consultant

Christian Living, confession, forgiveness, grace, Healing, Mark, relying on God, righteousness, sin, Victory in Jesus

Mark 1-2 (ESV) by Wordle*

Today’s reading is Mark 1:1-2:28.

“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners’” (Mark 2:17).

Can you imagine going to the doctor because you are not feeling well, but covering up the festering wound that is the heart of the infection because it embarrasses you to actually be sick? That would be ridiculous. And yet, that is exactly what I want to do with Jesus.

I need to rethink the advice I hear from my constant internal image consultant. That little inner voice tells me I need to cover up my sinfulness. I need to hide it. I need to present myself as righteous. I need to demonstrate that I’m good enough. Then Christ will want me. But that is not at all what He says. He wants sinners.

That is great. That means He is calling me. I can run to Him. I can show Him my sins and He will work on them. I can let Him in to see the real me. More than that, I can let me see the real me. I can pull off my blinders, take a long hard look at what I need to hand over to Jesus to clean up.

He is not asking for the few, the proud, the righteous. He is calling those who will admit they are sinners in need of a Savior.

Keep the faith and keep reading,

ELC

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Philemon-I Timothy 1: If You Are a Sinner Like Me, You Need My Savior

Evangelism, humility, I Timothy, Obedience, overcoming sin, salvation

Today’s reading is Philemon 1-25; I Timothy 1:1-20.

Paul said, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (I Timothy 1:15).

This reminds me once again of a point I made on my personal blog last week. As a Christian striving to do what is right, I sadly have a tendency to look at the world and say, “Perhaps if you can become as good as me, you can be a Christian too.” The problem is, that is a pharisaic statement that corresponds to Luke 18:9. That is trusting in me that I am righteous.

Paul’s approach and what I need to remember is not that people should become Christians so they can be as good as me. Rather, I should be saying, “If you are as bad as me, if you are a sinner like me, you need the same Savior I have, can I tell you about Him?”

Christ Jesus didn’t come into the world to save people who measured up. He came into the world to save sinners and I believe Paul could only say he was the foremost then because I hadn’t been born yet. If you are a sinner like me, quit trying to be good enough to go to heaven. Instead, turn to the Savior and let Him save you and set you free from your sin.

Keep the faith and keep reading,

ELC

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Matthew 1-2: If God Could Use a Harlot, He Can Use Me

Matthew, providence, relying on God, Surrender

Today’s reading is Matthew 1:1-2:23.

There are actually quite a few lessons I get out of this genealogy. However, one of the greatest comes from the women the author went out of the way to include: Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth. Since the great majority of the list is merely the paternal lines, why even mention those women? 

Tamar: the woman who pretended to be a harlot in order to have sex with Judah so she could raise up seed to her first husband, Er.

Rahab: the harlot who saved the Jewish spies who checked out Jericho.

Ruth: a Moabitess. That doesn’t mean much to us, but that said it all to the Jews. She wasn’t supposed to even be allowed in the assembly. Yet, here she is in the lineage of Jesus.

What’s the point with these? Because if God could use a Moabitess, a prostitute, and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute to have sex with her father-in-law, then He can use me as well. I don’t know how He’ll use me. He may go along with my dreams and visions. Then again, He may not. But, even with all my flaws, faults, defects, and sins, He can still use me.

Please, use me, Father. Use me in whatever way most glorifies You.

Keep the faith and keep reading, 

ELC

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