Chief Among Sinners.
I am broken. I know, deep down, I am selfish, proud, and arrogant. It is hidden behind a veil of civility and etiquette. Culture has taught me to mask my brokenness.
We are all broken, no matter how we conceal it or deny it.
I do not mean this to be an emphasis of our worthlessness, but I believe we are very good at hiding our weaknesses. We are taught to minimize them and highlight our strengths. We are taught this as necessary to succeed in the world. But the reality is that we are all fundamentally flawed. And we know that this is true, we know it when we hurt others in ways we never thought ourselves capable of,1 we know it when we slow down and become uncomfortable with our own thoughts. When we are truly honest, we know that we are broken beings.
But there is good news: God, in Jesus, came for the broken.2 It is through Him and His transformative Spirit that we are made whole. Jesus teaches that He will not mask our brokenness, but will heal and redeem it. He came to save us from ourselves. This is grace. This is the love and greatness of our God.
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.3