“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” We sing it but do we mean it? It’s kind of like, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.” That’s a great theory but can we talk.
If you are on social media, you know you are encouraged to create a bio. It is your 15 minutes of fame, you get to brag about yourself and it’s socially acceptable. It’s the one time you get to inflate your resume and get away with it and it’s kind of cool because on the internet you can be whoever you want to be.
I saw on Twitter the other day, one Christian brother described himself as the “wretch” from the song Amazing Grace. I get it. The only trouble is I don’t feel like the wretch.
I have been in church most of my life, my dad was a preacher, I’m a preacher and I have a son who is a preacher and another son who I think is the best worship leader I have ever shared a platform with. I have baptized a couple of hundred people, in the past I have given 25 percent of my income to God through the church, we have taken in homeless people, we have started 2 churches and been the catalyst in starting 5 or 6 others.
I know famous Christians who know famous Christians therefore, I must be a famous Christian. I have discipled people who disciple people who disciple people - because of all of that I don’t feel like a wretch. I told you that to tell you this: That smells like smoke and comes from the pit of Hell. I think they call it pride (arrogance) and it’s not good.
My point is I think we forget where we came from and how amazing grace is and that it could save a wretch like me. Is that your truth?
I read somewhere that God showed His love for me by dying on the cross while I was still a sinner (Romans 5:8). Translation: I’m nothing special, just a wretch that needed saving and Jesus is the Savior.
Twice in Scripture, we read about boasting (kind of like pride - not good). If we boast we should boast of the Lord (1st Corinthians 1:31). “If I boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness (2nd Corinthians 11:30).”
Here’s my story and I’m sticking to it, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” He told me to tell you that.