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Life’s Two Greatest Truths

By Don Loftis | 10.07.15

Ray Pritchard tells the story of a young man who travelled many miles to meet with a man widely known for his great wisdom. Upon arrival he saw the scholar’s vast library and observed the many diplomas on the wall.  The visitor said, “I understand you are one of the most knowledgeable men in the world, and I simply want to know what is life’s most crucial lesson.” The wise old man said, “There are really only two things that I have ever discovered — I am a great sinner and Jesus is a great Savior.”

While there is often a need to count our blessings, there are other times at which we need to confess our sins. We need to acknowledge our lies and our lusts. We need to admit our anger, our prejudices, and our neglect. We need be confess our materialism and expose our unforgiving heart.

Seeing our unworthiness will heighten the desperate nature of our spiritual needs.  It will change the way we look at Jesus’ coming to earth.  It will change the importance of the cross and the significance of His atoning death. It will change how we view baptism, and it will transform our participation in prayer.  The Lord of heaven will never be reached by our goodness but by our trust in His perfection.

John Newton’s godly mother died when he was only seven.  His early life on the high seas took him far from the Christian walk. Surviving a great storm on March 10, 1748, John began moving his life back toward the Lord. He later preached the Gospel and advocated abolition.  In 1779 he wrote the words to one of the most famous of all hymns — words which flowed from his own wayward past:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

was blind, but now I see.

 


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