I’m doing a series of posts on sentences that have changed my life (part 1, part 2, part 3) Here’s another: I am far more sinful and wicked than I ever dared believe and far more loved and accepted in Christ than I ever dared hope.
I first heard this influential phrase from Tim Keller, author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I don’t really remember exactly what message or sermon I heard it in, but he says it a lot.
This sentence has changed me by helping me see that my sin is real and serious. No minimizing, deflecting, or blaming. I bear the full weight and responsibility for my disobedience. And it’s deeper and darker than I typically realize.
At the same time, this sentence declares that my salvation is glorious. God accepts me in Christ not because of me, but in spite of me. I could not be more loved by God. This is good news!
This sentence gives humility and boldness, which rarely come together. Humility because I see I truly am deserving of God’s wrath. I’m not better than anybody. Boldness because I see that God truly loves me and is for me. As Keller says, “No swaggering or sniveling.”
Which part of this statement is most difficult for you to believe? Why?