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What a Mess! By Cleo Dailey III, (Modern-day Lazurus)


What a Mess!

By Cleo Dailey III, (Modern-day Lazurus)

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.” 1 Timothy 1:15

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)Life often comes with reminders. Coming home late after a long day, we almost cringe at the thought of forgetting to grab small condiments at the store. Without the help of GPS, Lord knows where we would be sometimes when given directions to a new friend’s home. Life holds a kaleidoscope of variances, and it is often times very easy to forget.

One thing that we are urged never to forget, however, is the ultimate price that was paid for us. When we stop and think of the atonement made for the sins of that world, and we recognize just how fortunate we are as children of God. We also are reminded of how brutal sin and the price of sin is. Paul, in speaking to his spiritual son Timothy, has a reflection of this kind. He doesn’t hide the blackness of his sin; he offers up the wrong that he has done and he recognizes with gratitude the sacrifice paid. It is so easy to get into the work of ministry and service, and forget why we do it. But the apostle refers to himself as the “chief of sinners”, keeping himself in a constant state of reflective gratitude.

Frederick Douglas has been quoted as saying, “those who do not learn from their pasts are forced to repeat it.” To develop pious thoughts of entitlement is dangerous for the believer. Rather, we should embrace each moment of living with an urgency and gratitude, understanding that it could have been a very different outcome. And, had not the blood of Jesus covered once all, for all, it would have been a different way. Whether you were chief of sinners, or merely an infrequent member or the tribe of sin, we all owe a debt that could have not been paid any other way. I encourage you-today, and every day-to remember who you were and, in grace, walk into who you are becoming.

-Modernday Lazurus

Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.