"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved."It's a rare gift for one to truly have a grasp on their own fallenness. Many of us who have been redeemed tend to loose sight of from where we were redeemed from and the pitiful state we were in when we were scooped from the "miry clay". I respect those who have that true sense of themselves and know the depth of their depravity but I also grieve for them when I see that sense become a hindrance for their experiencing the joy of their salvation. For these folk, I'd like to offer up some encouragement.
We all were born broken, with fallen natures that genetically predisposed us to be alienated us from the almighty. Within this alienation we became masters of our own destinies, choosing paths and actions that were sinful and not God honoring. But for those who've embraced God and called by His sovereign will, this nature has been rectified and these choices forgotten. And now when we approach the presence of the Almighty He no longer sees us as we once were, but sees us as clothed in the arms of His son, the Christ. Spiritually, we stand before the Holy Father, wrapped in the arms of the Holy Son.
Because Jesus is worthy, and its in His arms we stand, we can stand before the Almighty.