“This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – and I was the worst of them all. But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst of sinners." (I Timothy 1:15-16 – New Living Translation)
Monday, January 25
I’m sure Paul had some regrets about his life outside of Christ. In this passage, though, he affirms even that part of his life was being redeemed for God’s purposes. Paul says his life is a prime example of the enormity of God’s patience and mercy. Paul’s life becomes a display case for the magnitude of God’s mercy and grace. He wants us to know that if God can save and work through him – God can save and work through anybody. Paul’s most embarrassing and regretful chapters in his life could still serve the gospel.
There are things to be learned from our decisions, choices, and behaviors outside of Christ.
I love what Glenn Close’s character says to Robert Redford’s character, Roy Hobbs, in the baseball movie The Natural. “I believe we have two lives – the life we learn from and the life we live with after that.”
Because of Jesus, this can be more than just a line from a movie. It can be a reality.
Up to this point, what’s the life you’ve had to learn from? What about it could be used to inspire, comfort, instruct, or even be a caution to others?
Grace and peace,
Posted on Mon, January 25, 2016
by Chris Seidman