“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
There are 2 kinds of people. The first is a sinner who is blind to the love of the Savior. The second is a sinner saved by grace who sees God in all of His glory.
The first kind of person is completely consumed with sin. She is oblivious to the glory of God that surrounds her. And she is under the bondage of sin and the world around her. She may be doing “good” things, but she isn’t at peace. She’s constantly searching for happiness and falls for anything that looks like it. She’s hurt. She’s broken-hearted. She doesn’t realize how empty she is.
The second kind of person can relate with the first, but has been filled with a Better Love.
Now this kind of person is a sinner saved by a pure, holy and righteous God. She is very familiar with the first kind of person. She used to be her. She knows she is an unclean being who has been made white as snow by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, son of God and man. She has become a new creation.
Her old self was put to death and her new self was made alive in and only through Jesus Christ. Her old self was ugly. Her old self was selfish and prideful. She didn’t care about tomorrow, but that’s all she thought she was planning for. She lived for today. She lived for herself. She befriended Satan. But then she saw Jesus in all of His glory. She encountered her Savior, and He made her life new. She now lives for tomorrow. She has been promised an eternity with the same Savior that changed her life. But through the transition from old to new there was a lot of healing to do. There were a lot of broken pieces to be picked up and to be put back together.
Her eyes were sealed shut to His beauty. But her eyes are finally opened. She knew she had to own up to all that she did that hurt her true King. There was sin to face. She had to confess and repent. So that’s what she did.
This sinner saved by grace has a past. A past full of sin that is absolutely horrible, experiences that are unforgettable and memories that won’t seem to go away. Even as a new creation she still sins. She isn’t consumed by it, but it’s just part of her nature. Sometimes she doesn’t know how to handle all of the sin from the past and the sins she commits in the present. She’s been saved. She’s been forgiven. And she knows the price He paid for her.
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Some days she is overwhelmed by her inadequacy and poor attempt to please her Lord. That’s all she wants to do – please Him. She knows that her sins have been cast into the depths of the sea. Even still, she sets out on the dangerous waters. When she’s out there she sees the sign so clearly, “No Fishing.” But for some reason she can’t let go of what has been cast so far away. She casts her fishing net into the sea anyway. She has no place to be out there. As a child of God she is called to be still and know that He is God. She looks at the “No Fishing” sign again and stops. She knows He’s with her. She sits there in complete stillness, and she is reminded that He will again have compassion on her. She knows that it has nothing to do with her, but everything to do with Him. It’s not about how sorry she is. It’s about how gracious He is. She knows it’s not about being saved from her sin, but it’s all about who saved her. He tells her, “There is no way you will ever be able to bring back all that you’ve done. I have cast them into the depths of the sea. Just be still and know that I am God.”
She is a sinner saved by grace who sees God in all of His glory. She has been given the greatest gift – grace to live life with Jesus. He will always be her Better Love.