The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

“I am not what I ought to be”

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I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient. Not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities. Not what I wish to be. God, who knows my heart, knows I wish to be like him. I am not what I hope to be; ere long to drop this clay tabernacle, to be like him and see him as He is. Not what I once was, a child of sin, and slave of the devil. Thought not all these, not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what once was, I think I can truly say with the apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”

John Newton (1725-1807), cited in Letters of John Newton, 400.

via Justin Taylor.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 5 May 2012 at 07:51

Posted in Christian living

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