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This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)

This statement contains the essence of the Gospel: Christ came to save sinners. That's it. End of story. We Christians, though, have a way of twisting that statement or adding to it. Even if we never say it outright, our actions, our churches, our attitudes often say the opposite, probably without our even knowing it. We act as if Christ instead came to save "the already righteous" or those who "have it all together." We often open our church doors only to those who look like we do, act the way we think they should and say the right things.

We need to embrace the gift of grace that we've been given, which can only do when we remember we WERE the sinner. We ARE the sinner. We ARE the ones who cannot save ourselves. None of us will ever have it all figured out and as we search and struggle for what God would have us do, we need to welcome all we meet who are searching for the same thing.

Father God, please help me to recognize that I have no right to judge another because I have no way to save myself apart from You and Your grace. Your mercy extends to all, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Help me never to be an obstacle for anyone who earnestly searches for You. Amen.

GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.