Prone to Wander

  • Dec. 8, 2016
  • #9029

Every sin is a capital offense to God. By admitting we are sinners, we can then thank God for His amazing grace and endless mercy.

Prone to Wander

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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to "Joni and Friends" where we love to sing.

Come thou fount of every blessing
To my heart to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of God’s redeeming love.

It’s one of the most comforting, yet telling lines ever written in a hymn. I really am prone to wander. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. My heart is so quick to look for the easy way out, it’s so quick to shine the spotlight on itself, it’s so quick to seek a little time off from obeying God. I know, I’m fully aware that I am a sinner. The other day I was looking at comments on my Facebook page, and one person posted that she thought I was a splendid example of a Christian. I read that, smiled and shook my head; if she only knew the battles I wage in my thought- life alone. Or how spiritually lazy I can be. I promised my husband I would memorize James chapter 1 with him this year. That was back in January, and I think, so far, I may have only six verses committed by heart. As far as I’m concerned, the only splendid Christians are those who see themselves as splendid sinners. We may have been purchased by the blood of Jesus, and we may be a co-heir of Christ, having the Holy Spirit residing within, but we are still dog-nasty transgressors.

It’s why there is no room at the cross for sinners who think their sin small; who see themselves as lowercase small point sinners. Every sin is a capital offense against God, and there is only room at the cross for great sinners, for people who see themselves as first-class offenders of the Most High God.

So if someone says I’m lovely, I will say: ‘No, please, rather I am loved by God.’ If I am not dear, no, I am endeared by God. It’s why every so often I ask my husband Ken to help me see the splinter, the log that is in my own eye.

But II Corinthians 9 says that God is able to make all grace abound to sinners. Grace that heals and helps; grace that forgives; grace that triumphs over judgment every time. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me – and keeps saving me. Oh friend, every day I need to be rescued from myself, I need to be delivered from myself, I need to be saved from myself, and so do you, and thank the Lord that He in His mercy loves doing it. He just enjoys doing it.

And hey, I would really enjoy hearing from you on this topic – it’s not easy opening up your heart about it; we don’t talk much about sin these days. I mean, who wants to admit that they are a great sinner? And certainly nobody wants to admit that they are a splendid sinner, but sing with me this refrain, would you? “Here’s my heart O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.” Hey, let me hear your thoughts on my radio page at joniandfriends.org/radio. Again, don’t forget joniandfriends.org/radio.

Music: "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" Words by Robert Robinson, Tune by Asahel Nettleton, Public Domain

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