Some people compare themselves with others and conclude that they are not so bad after all. They are proud that they go to church every Sunday, try to obey the Ten Commandments, pay their bills, help their neighbors, and participate in civic affairs. Comparing themselves with people whose lifestyles are immoral, they give themselves an excellent rating. Yes, as long as it’s “apples with apples,” they are acceptable. But what a difference it makes when man’s standards are set alongside the standard of a holy God. Next to His absolute perfection, “all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). After Isaiah saw the Lord upon His throne, he exclaimed, “Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, … for mine eyes have seen the King.”
kewise, only when the sinner sees himself in the light of God’s holiness can he be saved, for only then does he recognize his need for a Savior. As long as he thinks he’s good enough to merit God’s favor, he will not experience the blessings of redemption. You see, it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy” that He saves us (Titus 3:5).
If you have been satisfied with yourself and your “good works” and haven’t realized your need of God’s saving grace, try to look at yourself as a holy God sees you. It’s a real eye-opener! It will turn you to Christ, the One who came to give you God’s gift, which is “eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Romans 6:23). – Richard W. De Haan
Naught have I gotten but what I received,
Grace has bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting excluded, pride abase –
I’m only a sinner saved by grace! – Gray
The worst sinners are sometimes those who feel the least sinful.
- August 20, 1984, Our Daily Bread