We have just posted a new sermon on the Keep Believing website called I Am a Sinner Too. Here’s an excerpt:
Those serving in the ministry face many temptations, among them pride, excessive self-importance, power mania, laziness, envy, immorality, insensitivity, cruelty, hard-heartedness, procrastination, bitterness, hypocrisy, foolish talk, moral compromise, excessive isolation, and the love of money. These temptations are with us all the time.
This is not meant to discourage us but to chasten us and drive us back to God. We must confess that Solomon is telling the truth.
I make three crucial points from all of this:
1. When we make a stupid mistake…….as we certainly will.
2. When we do something smart……as we occasionally will.
3. When people exasperate us…….as they often will.
It helps to remember, as Matthew Henry said, that we deal “not with incarnate angels but with sinful sons and daughters of Adam,” and that’s all we have to work with.
It is altogether good for a man to remember that he is a sinner. A healthy sense of our own sin is a positive thing. It is a mark of wisdom. If I know that I am a sinner, I am driven to my knees in repentance and forced to run to the cross of Jesus Christ. This is where humility begins.