1 Timothy 1:12-16 (NIV) – I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
God’s grace was abundantly and powerfully at work if it could save the “worst of sinners” like Paul to becoming a servant of the Lord. For John Newton, he was saved from being a “wretch” to becoming a minister of the Lord. How great is our God’s salvation that he would not only save us from sin and death, but also, include us to participate in his salvation plan.
Let’s thank the Lord that he would save and call us out to be his very own servants. And for today, let’s pray for his kingdom to come and for his will to be done as we close with this song, “As It Is In Heaven” by Matt Maher.