January Sermon Illustrations

January 23, 2010

"I'm A Poor Sinner"

Charles H. Spurgeon used to tell years ago the story of a huckster. His name was Jack and he was one of the happiest men in London. He went about singing a little verse:

I'm a poor sinner, and nothing at all,
But Jesus Christ is my All in all.

Those who knew him were astonished at his constant composure. They had a world of doubts and fears, and so they asked him why he never doubted. "Well," said he, "I cannot doubt but what I am a poor sinner, and nothing at all, for I know that and feel it every day. And why should I doubt that Jesus Christ is my All in all? For He says He is." "Oh!" said his questioner, "I have my ups and downs." "I do not," says Jack; "I can never go up, for I'm a poor sinner, and nothing at all; and I cannot go down, for Jesus Christ is my All in all."

He wanted to join the church, and they said he must tell his experience. He said, "All my experience is that I am a poor sinner and nothing at all, and Jesus Christ is my All in all." "Well," they said, "when you come before the church meeting, the minister may ask you questions." "I can't help it," said Jack, "all I know I will tell you, and that is all I know—

I'm a poor sinner, and nothing at all,
But Jesus Christ is my All in all."

He was admitted into the church, and continued with the brethren, walking in holiness; but that was still all his experience, and you could not get him beyond it. "Why," said one brother, "I sometimes feel so full of grace, I feel so advanced in sanctification, that I begin to be very happy." "I never do," said Jack, "I am a poor sinner, and nothing at all." "But then," said the other, "I go down again and think I am not saved, because I am not sanctified as I used to be." Said Jack, "I never doubt my salvation, because Jesus Christ is my All in all, and He never alters." The old huckster knew the secret of the Gospel and of true Christian experience, which is "Not I, but Christ."—Selected.

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