He saw the best in me.
Now if there was ever a true statement for me personally today, this is it. I don’t know what it means to Marvin Sapp, but this to me is a personal testimony and I’m sure that there is somebody who feels the same way that I feel. I feel good saying that this morning — I feel real good because I see in this my life story.
When we look at ourselves, the mess that we were in, and the way other folk saw us, we would never think that we would be what we are today. Can we talk about grace in motion? As it relates to who we are it’s nothing short of amazing.
All these years after having received him into my life I am still in awe of God’s amazing grace, how it can completely transform an empty sinner whose heart was blackened by sin, one who was headed down a one-way street, and cause them to make an about-face turn and walk in a completely different direction! This is nothing short of amazing!
The Bible says that “none is good, no not one” (Roman 3:10) and then in Isaiah 64:6 the Bible says that “all of our righteousness is as filthy rags.” Which means that nothing that we do, nothing that we have already done apart from Christ is worth anything! I don’t care what we do or how much we do, apart from Christ or without Christ all of our work is in vain! It amounts to nothing! We cannot go to heaven on our good works. Take it from me and a community that have some saved folks in it, an empty life leads to an empty death!
But why, out of all the people in the world did God choose somebody like me? What is it that he saw in me that was worth saving? Me, who had very little self esteem; me, who didn’t have a whole lot of confidence in myself; me, who needed the approval of other people to be happy and satisfied; me, the black sheep of the family that was destined to go nowhere; me, who was ashamed of my own life and who lived beneath my privilege; me, who was just settling for the mediocre, the leftovers, and the hand me downs of life! Me, who didn’t have any self respect and was just making it day by day!
What is it, that God saw in me that was worth saving? He saw the better than I did — he saw the best. Not only did he see the best, he brought out the best. He wants to do the same for somebody else today.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church.