Some of you will remember the old song that advertised Armour hot dogs. It asked the question “What kind of kids eat Armour hot dogs?” It goes on to answer that question with: “Fat kids, skinny kids, kids that climb on rocks. Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox.” They were trying to say that all kids eat and love Armour hot dogs.
Now, I have a harder question for you. What kind of people are sinners? What does a sinner look like? I would probably get quite a variety of answers and they all would be different. Some would say a sinner looks like my neighbor, some would say a scarred gangster, some would say like their mother-in-law.
Are you sitting down? A sinner looks like you and me. The Bible says that ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Sinners come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, all ethnic backgrounds and all religious affiliations.
Since we see that all of us have sinned, that makes us sinners. The only solution to that is to confess and repent, asking God for forgiveness.
Still not convinced? The most generous person has sinned, making them a sinner. The kindest person has sinned, making them a sinner. The one who has kept the 10 Commandments the best they could still has sinned, making them a sinner. The most religious person has sinned, making them a sinner.
It is hard to comprehend but ALL have sinned, thus making them a sinner.
It only takes one sin to make a person a sinner. Sinners need to be saved. Once one has been saved and asked God to forgive them, they are no longer a sinner, they are a sinner saved by grace. There is a big difference.
The sinner saved by grace acknowledges that they were a sinner and the only hope they had was in Jesus, not their good points or good works.
It is easy for people to admit that Hitler and the likes of him were sinners. But it is harder to realize that they are a sinner when they look at their life and feel like they are so good and aren’t really that bad. The devil would like us to believe that.
If it were just a situation where we could be saved on our own by being good and doing honorable works, Jesus would not have died. I look at some people that are the cream of the crop of the world, yet they haven’t put their trust in Jesus as their Savior and allowed Him to change their life. That leaves them as an unredeemed sinner.
It is hard to write this, but I must be faithful to you. Sinners that have not been saved are on their way to hell. Have you been saved?
The church in general today has not fulfilled our job to pray until souls are convicted and see their need. This article may offend some. If the Holy Spirit would bring conviction on the sinner’s soul, they would see their sinfulness and would want to repent.
Those who are saved look as varied as sinners do. They are all shapes, sizes, colors, ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations. We all have so much in common, but the difference between a sinner and a saint is whether they have been saved. It must be done in this life. Our condition spiritually cannot be altered after death. So I would urge you today if you have not given your heart to Jesus, do so today.
Now you know what a kid who loves to eat Armour hot dogs looks like and you also know what a sinner looks like. You also know what a believer in Christ looks like and hopefully you are one.