...and neither are you.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Apostle Paul - 1 Timothy 1:15 KJV
It is easy to think that we are to view ourselves as the chief sinner. Many have taken this verse as a recommendation from Paul to do so. We should be at the point of seeing our sin so much more than we see the sin of others, that we can make this statement: "I am the chief of sinners." But should this be our attitude?
It may speak of our piety; but it may equally - or more so - speak of our pietism. Some people seem to boast in how great of sinners they are. Should this be the case? There's a reason Paul speaks of himself as the chief of sinners, and it's not so that we will think the same of ourselves. It is because he really was the chief of sinners. After all, he pursued the church, dragging people from their very homes into prison and to death in order to destroy the Christian church. He was the most violent persecutor of Christ's body there was.
Me? Well, although I am a sinner, I haven't done the things he did. And you haven't, either. On the flip side of the coin, I'm not quite the zealous apostle he was after his conversion. And neither are you. God turned the worst of men into the best of servants in his kingdom. There is no fault in realizing that some people are worse sinners than we are, and some people are better saints than we are. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I fall somewhere in the middle.