12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 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. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 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. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Points to Ponder
Let’s come back to Paul today. Paul said
Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of ChristEphesians 3:8
This again qualifies Paul for this series. Not only being the least, Paul saw himself as the worst sinner, a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man….Yet, he has a story. A story of the amazing grace that saves a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see……
Paul was chosen by God. Doesn’t matter what he once was, he became God’s instrument. He became the clay of the potter.
Dear brothers and sisters, a life that’s touched by God is a life of amazing grace. May God touches your life the same way He does to many. Amen.