Today's Reading: Romans 3
To see ourselves as lost sinners is not sufficient. To learn that we are corrupt and depraved by nature and sinful transgressors by practice is the first important lesson. The next is to learn that we are utterly undone and that we can do nothing whatever to help ourselves. To discover that our condition is so desperate that it is entirely beyond human repair is the second step toward salvation—looking at it from the human side. But if man is slow to learn that he is a lost sinner and unfit for the presence of a holy God, he is slower still to recognize that he can do nothing toward his salvation and is unable to work any improvement in himself so as to be fit for God. Yet it is not until we realize that we are “without strength” (Rom 5:6), that we are “impotent” (John 5:3), that it is not by works of righteousness that we do but by His mercy God saves us (Titus 3:5), not until then shall we despair of ourselves and look outside of ourselves to the One who can save us.
The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross, Arthur W. Pink.