The reading for today is 1 Timothy 1:12-19, The Message.
12-14 I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing—didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus.
15-19 Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.
Deep honor and bright glory
to the King of All Time—
One God, Immortal, Invisible,
ever and always. Oh, yes!
I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.
In this passage Paul is passing the torch to Timothy and explaining that Jesus Christ called him into service when he was a blasphemer and a persecutor. Jesus showed him mercy. Paul deemed this call to be a preacher of the Gospel as a high honor bestowed on him. It was not something he had earned or done, nor others had done for him, but rather it was by the grace of God, and favor of Christ that “Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus.” Christ gave him the ability to preach the gospel, to withstand the suffering that he would endure while spreading the good news of the Gospel. Paul was faithful because of the grace he received, and it was this faithfulness that encouraged and strengthened him for Christ’s service.
12 “I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry.”
That is truly grace, a gift that is freely given to each and every one of us. May we too use our lives to God’s glory.
Prayer - Help us to live lives that bring God glory.
Prayer Concern - May God’s grace help bring healing to our nation.