Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
(1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV))
Do you believe that Paul thought that he was the worst sinner of all?
Does this sound like the man that history has shown to be the one who brought the Gospel to the Gentiles? Does this sound like the man who is responsible for writing numerous books from the New Testament? Does this sound like the man who went to prison for spreading the Gospel?
I realize that all of these things were after his Damascus Road experience. It was this experience that saw a change of heart and a conversion from Saul to Paul. I can understand Paul if he had stated that he had been the worst, especially when you consider all that he had done to persecute the church. Paul did not place his sin in his past. He did not try to say that he no longer sinned. Paul realized that he was human and human nature is sinful, even after accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.
Paul realized that his sinful nature was still very much a part of him!
Paul also realized that grace extended even to him after all that he had done.
He could have given in to the idea that God could not save him after all that he had done. Thankfully, he did not believe this. Paul realized that the gift of grace was freely given for everyone no matter how great the sin. If God can extend grace to someone who persecuted and killed believers, I find it hard to believe anyone when they claim that God can’t forgive them for what they have done.
It is so simple!
Admit that you are a sinner.
Believe that Jesus died for your sins.
Confess that Jesus is the Son of God.
If salvation was freely given to Paul, who thought of himself as the worst of sinners, it can be freely given to all.
Your sins are not so great that grace cannot be yours!