First Timothy 1: 12-16 states: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who strengthened me because he believed me to be faithful and put me into service.even though I used to be a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent assailant. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in disbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love that are found in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement that deserves full acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I come first from all. It is for this reason that I found mercy so that Jesus Christ in me could be the first to demonstrate His perfect patience as an example to those who would believe in him for eternal life. “
Reminder # 1 – God chooses to use you even though you may have screwed it up badly in the past. His work in your life has 0% to do with what you did or how you acted. It is 100% grace and power only supplied by Him. Paul uses himself as a perfect example of this as one who not only rejected the Lord’s way but actively sought ways to stop the movement. Regardless of your past, God can still use you.
Reminder # 2 – Jesus came to save sinners. Every reading of Scripture makes this clear. Few would disagree with Jesus’ mission, but, briefly, the next step is that as believers it should be our mission to do the same too. What did you allow to become your mission? Marry? Have children? Caring for your family? To have a career? Preparing for Retirement? Promote another agenda? These are all things that may be permissible, but not the main task of the believer. We are called to seek and save the lost too. Again Paul uses himself as an example, he wanted others to see him as an example of what God could offer them. Patience. Forgiveness. Grace.
Scripture is full of gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, memories of what the believer is about. Make it a priority to regularly submit to GOD’S WORD TRUTH. Be encouraged and keep moving.
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