Even the Outcasts
Here is a cheering word for you, poor lost sinner! You think you shouldn't come to God because you are of small account.
Now, there is not a saint alive on earth who has not felt this way. If Job and Isaiah and Paul were all obliged to say, "I am of small account," then, sinner, will you be ashamed to join in the same confession? If divine grace does not eradicate all sin from the believer, how do you hope to do it yourself? And if God loves His people while they are of small account, do you think your condition will prevent Him from loving you?
Believe on Jesus, you outcast of the world's society! Jesus calls you, and just as you are.
Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners, Jesus came to call.
Declare, even now, "You have died for sinners. I am a sinner, Lord Jesus; sprinkle Your blood on me." If you will confess your sin, you will find pardon. If now, with all your heart, you will say, "I am unclean, wash me," you will be washed now. If the Holy Spirit enables you to cry from your heart
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
you will rise from reading this morning's portion with all your sins pardoned; and though you woke this morning with every sin that man has ever committed on your head, you will rest tonight accepted in the Beloved. Although you were once degraded with the rags of sin, you will be adorned with a robe of righteousness and appear as white as the angels are.
For "now," mark it, "Now is the favorable time."1 If you "trust him who justifies the ungodly,"2 you are saved. May the Holy Spirit give you saving faith in Him who receives those who are of small account.
12 Corinthians 6:2
2 Romans 4:5
Family Bible reading plan
verse 1 Deuteronomy 10
verse 2 Psalms 94
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From Morning & Evening revised and edited by Alistair Begg copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.