Daily Devotion, 07/25/2018, “The Worst”
1 Timothy 1:15-17 NIV 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. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I was watching LeBron James play a couple of months back when this thought hit me, “I wonder what it’s like to be the very best in the whole world at what you do and to know it?” Few on the planet are in that conversation…Nick Saban and LeBron are the only two that I can think of. On the flip side, I wonder what it would be like to be the very worst at what you do and to know that. I guess the good news for those on that list is that the only way they can go is up!
Of all the sinners he had ever seen or known or even heard of, Paul said twice in this passage that he owned the title for being the worst of them all. Earlier in verses 13 and 14, he said that he “was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man” yet he “was shown mercy” by God who poured out His grace on him abundantly. God saved, restored, called and worked through the worst of sinners “as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” What God did by His grace in Paul’s life is an example for you and me of what he can do in our lives. If God’s amazing grace and abundant mercy can turn a man who hunted down and killed Christ-followers as Paul did into a man who passionately loved Jesus and gave his whole life to spreading the good news, there’s no limit to what God can do in and through you. Regardless of what your “worst” looks like, His best is vastly more than enough to cover it all.
May you trust Him with your worst and praise Him for His best. May His abundant grace in your life be a shining example to all in your circle of what He wants to in them. You are loved!