Monday August 13, 2018
1 Timothy 1:15-17
15 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. 16 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. 17 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.
If you don’t know Paul very well; he wasn’t always the best guy. He spoke against the name of Jesus for many years before becoming an Apostle. He has been a huge influence on Christians around the globe since coming to Jesus, but knows he is still a sinner. He even says, “… and I am the worst of them all.” (v. 15)
“If you’re not the worst sinner you know; then you don’t know yourself very well”
When I came to college I didn’t drink or do drugs or anything like that. I was trying to live as clean as possible. But, I would often think to myself that others were “bigger” sinners than I was. By doing this I was forgetting about my own sin! I was focusing on being better than others on the “who sins less” scale.
Ultimately this led me to think I was living a life worthy of my calling. I wasn’t as big of a sinner as others. Their sin is way worse than mine, so I’m doing fine. Jesus wants us to know ourselves and our own sins. Don’t play the comparison game and think you have nothing to work on! Pray for others in their struggles with sin. We must know our heart in order to grow our heart.
Do I try to scale my sins next to others?
Do I know I am a sinner?
Dear Lord, help open our eyes to what we need to work on. Remind us we are not perfect, but the one we follow is. Amen.
Have a great day!