It’s a great leveler. The truth that we are all sinners puts us all at the same level. Sometimes we can fall into the old trap of comparing ourselves with others and think that we’re so much better than they are. But down at the core, we’re all the same. We’re all sinners. I need to be careful about getting angry or judgmental towards others and their behavior, because I too am a sinner. I may not sin as much as I used to, but I am still a sinner in need of grace.
It’s a starting place. Folks who travel through a twelve-step program have learned that they aren’t going to get very far with their addiction until they realize the truth that they have a problem. Some may not like the idea of calling their struggle a “sin”, but until you recognize that you have a problem, you aren’t going to get very far.
It’s a sign post. The sign up ahead may read that the bridge is “out”, but that also lets me know that I can take another road, away from danger. Knowing I’m a sinner helps me recognize that I need a Savior. Jesus came to deal with my sin problem by dying on a cross. He paid for my sin. He gives me power over my sin. I can face guilt and shame because I have a Savior who forgives. Recognizing the darkness allows me to turn to the Light.