Utterly Helpless

This one will be quick. I know that most of you are in the throws of Thanksgiving Celebrations. It’s the one weekend all year that I ALWAYS have my kids at home. All four. I insist on pictures; I’ll post mine soon.

I’m stuck blogging in Romans 5, where I find two completely disarming statements.

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time.” (verse 6)


“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (verse 8)

I love that idea. What could be better than “utterly helpless,” or “while we were still sinners?”

You see, we STILL ARE! We are utterly helpless. Dependant on every breath. Dependant on the fact that our immune systems work. That our body makes energy from food. That our brains function enough to make a Christmas list, or start the car, or put one foot in front of the other. WE ARE HELPLESS. We can be rich, accomplished, wise, smart, motivated, talented, and we are STILL UTTERLY HELPLESS. Dependant!

God loves helpless people.

Pretty cool, eh?

And, if you are reading this blog today, remember that Christ died BEFORE you were born. ALL your sins were — at the time of his death — future tense sins. They had not yet been committed.

He died for the sin you had yet to sin.

So, if he died THEN for you, for sins you had yet to commit. What can you expect from him now? That his love has changed? That he NOW expects you to be perfect?

No way. When you were utterly helpless, and completely sinful, he chose to die for you!

You don’t have to perform, to win, to dazzle God. He’s completely smitten with you. He was smitten even when you were ugly, selfish, and evil.

Why not sit back and thank him for THAT!

That’s worth a turkey dinner, if nothing else is!


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