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Dan greeted the visiting evangelist with a challenging smile. “I’m not so bad,” he said. “I must admit one little slip, when I got into trouble with the police, but I can show you a pile of reward books which I got for attendance and good conduct at Sunday school! Then I went to Bible class, and later attended church pretty regularly. Not too bad!”
Twenty Three Thousand Sins
“How old are you?” asked the Christian.
“Now listen,” said the other. “Won’t you admit that few days have passed that you haven’t had a foolish thought? God’s Word says: The thought of foolishness is sin. Have you also said silly things?”
“Well, of course!”
“The Lord Jesus Christ said that, ‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.’ Do you sometimes tell lies, or break laws, or lose your temper?”
“You have admitted three sins a day; this means that on the lowest average you have committed no less than one thousand a year. On your own confession, you stand convicted of twenty-three thousand sins!”
Dan’s smile was gone now. Seriously, he asked, “What can I do?”
“You can do nothing but to take a sinner’s place and claim the sinner’s Saviour. Then you may be sure that ‘the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.’” There and then Dan, a convicted sinner, trusted the Saviour and rejoiced in the certainty of sins forgiven.
Use the same method the evangelist used with Dan. Try to add up your sins. It will give you a very faint idea of your own guilt and show you how impossible it is to make yourself right with God.
Thank God, what you never could do the Lord Jesus has done. “IT IS FINISHED!” was His dying cry. Redemption has been accomplished. Faith in a once-crucified, now-risen Saviour secures eternal blessing for you, “for if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).