July 5 – Back to the Basics – Sin & Salvation

Read Romans 3:23, 10:9

Are you a sinner?

Am I a sinner?

What is sin?

Recently, we were on a long trip and I got a speeding ticket in another state. I have all sorts of excuses – I normally set the cruise just about the speed limit, the car ahead of me sped up every time I tried to pass, etc.

However, the fact is that I did something wrong and the officer simply called me on it.

This makes me think of an example I heard many years ago regarding sin. Let’s say you only had 3 thoughts a day, out of thousands, that would be displeasing to God (sin). That doesn’t sound so bad. However, if we look at that over the course of a year, that would be more than a thousand. And, if we add it up over the course of the average lifetime it would be over 75,000! Now, what if those were parking tickets? Can you imagine coming before a judge, with 75,000 parking tickets and expecting him to just ignore them? What do you think would happen?

The Bible sums this up very clearly: we are ALL sinners. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The Bible also tells us that God is perfect (holy) and just and He requires that same from us.

So, God’s standard is perfection and none of us meet that standard – what do we do now!?

There’s nothing we can do, on our own, to ever meet God’s standard.

BUT, God knew we wouldn’t be able to go through life being perfect, so He made a way.

That “Way” is Jesus Christ.

He came to earth, lived a perfect life, willingly died on the cross in our place and rose from the dead. He paid the price for us, so we could be reconciled to God the Father and spend eternity with Him in heaven! So, the only thing we can do is to accept the free gift of forgiveness from Jesus Christ. We do this by humbly admitting to God that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and accepting Jesus as our Forgiver and striving to follow Him for the rest of our lives.

I don’t know about you but, when I think of who is better equipped to lead my life:

                An all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present God whose very nature is love


                Me – a flawed, self-focused person who can only see a tiny part of the overall picture

I choose God!!

When we accept Jesus as Forgiver and Leader, an incredible thing happens: our sins, everything we have done or will ever do wrong, gets transferred to Jesus AND we, in turn, get this righteousness of Jesus. This means that now, when God the Father sees us, He no longer sees our wrongdoing but, instead, sees the sinless perfection of Jesus Christ!

So, what is holding you back from being forgiven and entering into a relationship with the God of the universe?

Don’t let anything stand in your way – accept God’s forgiveness today.

It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make!

Mike Molter

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