“I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
- Matthew 9:13
From time to time, as I have talked with individuals about their relationship with God and their necessity for repentance (because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God) there have been those who have responded by saying, “I am not a sinner” or “I am not a bad person. “
Unfortunately, in saying this we are going against what God says. If we say, “we have not sinned”, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. If, however, we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus came, not to call the self-righteous, who may feel that way because they belong to a church, were christened as a baby, or confirmed, or even baptised, but those who are sinners to repent, which is the first step to enter the kingdom of God.
This involves a change of mind and direction. You receive the righteousness of Christ and forsake your self-righteousness. Jesus came to reveal the heart of God and to destroy the works of the devil. He came to become sin for us on the cross that we may become the righteousness of God in Him.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for becoming sin for me and taking my place on the cross. Cleanse me of all sin today with Your precious blood and help me to live according to Your word in obedience to Your will.