by Heather Tietz
The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1 Timothy 1:15
The Apostle Paul thought of himself as the chief of all sinners; the worst. He, before he met Jesus, approved of Stephen’s stoning. He imprisoned families that had newly declared their faith in Jesus. His passionate mission was to silence the Church. What sin could be greater than that? What could be worse than trying to stop God’s love from being heard, God’s love for bringing peace, joy and hope to the needy, God’s light from revealing sin, changing hearts and bettering lives?
Perhaps Paul was indeed the worst of all sinners until he accepted Jesus as his Savior. God had enough mercy for Paul. He had enough forgiveness, enough patience, enough love to bring him thoroughly into His family and even entrust him with caring for new believers.
Think you know someone beyond God’s reach? Paul declares, no one is: not you, not your neighbor, not the black sheep of your family. Perhaps they need to be knocked off their horse, like Paul. They may need a miracle to open their eyes and give them new sight and a new heart. When you are in Christ, He will do it through you.
Prayer: Lord, shake my friends who do not know Jesus like you shook Paul. Lead me to show them Your love, to do whatever I should help bring them into Your family. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.