Stanek Sunday quote: “Though I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan”
Because our weekend question focuses on post-abortive mothers, I thought this quote from the book, The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story, by D. A. Carson, would be helpful…
We still await the final transformation that lies ahead of us. But we look back and see that we are not what we were.
The point was well made by John Newton… the old slave trader who had become a preacher of the gospel. Looking back on his life, he estimated that he had transported 20,000 slaves across the Atlantic. He said that in his nightmares he could still hear them scream. At some point he… became a Christian, and his life changed. Eventually he became a pastor. In his senior years, he declared,
I am not what I ought to be – ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be – I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be – soon, soon shall I put off mortaility, and with mortality all sin and imperfection.
Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”
Newton authored the beloved Christian hymn, Amazing Grace.