Our scripture this morning is 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.”
Scripture contains two letters Paul wrote to Timothy, who accompanied him on several missionary trips and represented him on occasion when Paul was at other places. Paul gives guidance to Timothy which is applicable to all of us who walk in faith with Christ. He uses himself as an example of how God’s redeeming love can turn our lives from sin and disbelief.
Paul was once a persecutor of the early church, arresting those who followed Jesus and bringing them to trial. After his conversion he became the primary voice to believers all over the Roman Empire. We can experience the same life giving transformation when we accept Jesus and repent.
Will we be called to go to minister in far flung places like Paul? Perhaps, God has a plan and work for each one of us when we say “yes Lord”. The important part is knowing we are saved and sharing that joy with the world.
Gracious God, thank You for always loving us and making us part of Your kingdom. Bless us to go in Your name, telling everyone the Good News of Your salvation. Amen.