August 16, 2017
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 1 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)
Notice the pattern of Paul’s testimony:
1. I am a sinner. God has been merciful and patient toward me.
2. His grace has reached me. It has been poured out abundantly along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
3. Now I pursue my calling with joy.
- He appointed me to his service
Paul can’t get over it. “I resisted Christ! And now, by God’s mercy, I get to be part of his redeeming work in the world! He appointed me to his service! I can’t believe I get to do this.”
- He considered me faithful
Paul is not saying that he is worthy to be an apostle. He is saying, “Although I am not yet what I will be, God views me in Christ and considers me faithful in him.” Aren’t you thankful for that? If God was looking for faults in our service to him, he would find plenty. Even when we have done our best we are unprofitable servants, but God views us in Christ.
- He gave me strength
“Here’s my testimony, Timothy… God gives me strength as I extend myself in the work he has called me to do. So don’t hold back. Don’t be afraid. Give yourself to the work he is calling you to do. You will prove him. You will find him faithful.”
Is this your story? Can you say today, “I have confidence in Christ?” Can you say, “I love Christ?” Are you living for Christ? Are you finding joy in serving Christ?