My Sin Abounded
How about yours?
Romans 5:20: Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Before I received Christ my sinful self-centeredness continually increased. I found more and more ways to be selfish and serve myself. We start out as selfish children and then the world teaches us to become more self-centered and that there is nothing wrong with it. I was an attentive learner. I was probably the valedictorian in learning to be selfish. In my ministry in nursing homes it appears that the longer people live without Christ, the more ways they learn to be selfish. Like I did, many individuals seem to actually plan and prepare to become more selfish.
When we receive Jesus He reverses the process. He begins teaching us to be God-centered. Those who have received Jesus become God-centered in various degrees. Some remain just a little bit God-centered. Mature Christians serve God and actually look for others to serve. Many are way ahead of me in their God-centeredness. When we get to Heaven all of us who get there will be completely and perfectly God-centered.
Ephesians 5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Colossians 1:22: In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Jude 1:24: Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Being God-centered is what will make Heaven Heavenly. We often pray this prayer without considering the meaning: Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We should ask Him to make us more and more God-centered. We will never run out of individuals we can be unselfish with. I am always more blessed when I am unselfish.
Romans 5:20b: . . . where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Acts 20:35 : I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Isaiah 55:7: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.