Something wonderfully catastrophic happens to each believer. We can walk with the herd or we can balk in the face of strong admonition. Neither will make us effectively Christian.
Something wonderfully catastrophic happens to each believer for when it happens it hurts our hearts terribly. One can never quite reach a pivotal point in life--regardless of energy and effort--until we move to the bottom by realizing we (me) (truly I) are disastrous sinners.
A lot of Sunday School talk has gone on for centuries under the guise that we talk about God, the world's condition, and what might be done to lead people to Jesus. A considerable amount of lip-service and foot- power will surely be given to both organization and projects.
But the bottom line changes....everything.
The bottom line is that we are wretched sinners at the bottom of the line. Preaching changes, reading the Word opens, criticism begins to melt, and attitude is significantly adjusted when one thing occurs; realization that we each are the chiefest of sinners.
When this truth strikes us we begin to feel....we begin to be emotionally connected. The difference is moving from a state of reading a book about being imprisoned for a week to being imprisoned for a week. Understanding abruptly increases because we shift from theory to experience.
The bottom line is that we are at the bottom of the line 'til Jesus becomes our Savior; not in theory but in experience. When this happens.....when we realize the enemy to God really was us--Romans 5:8-12--not only are we wonderfully blessed; but those who experience the new attitudinal us will be blessed as well.