Tuesday’s with Ted!
In a few of my posts I have mentioned Ted Steinhauer; he is a mentor, and friend – a sort of ‘Haitian dad’ for me in Haiti. Over the last week I have been helping him create a blog. Every day he sends out a devotional and has an ever running list of recipients. I put two and two together, it just made sense. This is Teds first blog post, again ‘Tuesday’s with Ted’ just made sense! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, you can find his blog a:
This is a trustworthy saying and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them all (1Tim.1:15)
The first thing all believers believe is that Jesus came to save sinners – that’s a given. But believing that “I’m the worst of them all” isn’t an easy reality. Fact is, very few of us believe it.
Most of us think, “no way I’m the worst! What about murderers, rapists, kidnappers and pedophiles, to name a few? I’m certainly not “bad” like them!
Does it make a difference how much we have sinned?
In Ecclesiastes 7:20 God tells us, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins” And Romans 3:23 says “Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glory.”
Sin is sin! And we’re all guilty. Sinning less or more is a non issue. Fact is we have all sinned and are justly condemned. That’s why “Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Jesus provided the way for us to be saved, but we must believe Him – “There is no condemnation for anyone who believes in him. But anyone does not believe in him has been condemned already for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the condemnation is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil” (Jn.3:18-19)
Ok! I believe and am saved, now what? First we must continue to believe not only that we are saved and now belong to Jesus but also “That anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” (2Cor.5:17).
Proverbs 23:7 tells us “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” In other words, how you think is how you act. We must believe God when He tells us the old life is gone; our life that didn’t believe in God or live by His Word.
In 2Timothy 3:16 God says that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
So the second thing we must do is believe in and live from God’s Word – it is the foundation of our lives. Without God’s Word we won’t know how to live out the new person we are in Christ. And since we are new people with new consciences we will always be struggling as our new conscience tries to convict us of wrong living and convinces us to trust God’s Word.
1Timothy 1:19 instructs us to “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” When we compromise and convince ourselves that we can ride the fence between the world’s ways and God’s ways, we shipwreck our faith!
Dear friends, if God took such a radical measure, the sacrificial death of His Son on a cross to save us from eternal condemnation, we need radical faith in Him and radical trust in His Word or we will most certainly violate our consciences and shipwreck our faith!