The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15
I wondered when I was younger, what Paul was all about writing words like this. I knew him as the great preacher and planter of churches. I knew him as a great writer and how his incredible understanding of Christ’s message had opened up the message for me and all followers of Jesus. I guessed he was referring to his zealous persecution of the early church before Christ appeared to him. Now as I have matured, I have come to realize that he was a sinner until the day he died. Like Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul and every mortal being upon this earth… the tendency to sin is real each and every day. The closer to God, the more in tune each of us become of the great chasm between heaven and earth… between perfection and me.
Great is the challenge to be faithful to all Jesus taught. Loving my enemies, having patience with those I live and work with and who share the road to work, being able to accept illness, disappointments and betrayals without asking “Why Me?” God asks me to put my faith in Him not in myself. There are so many easy ways to sin. In my mind, in my heart and with my body. Paul had it right, I am the foremost.
I am so grateful that Christ came into the world to save sinners, to save me.
Lord help me always be aware of my tendency to sinfulness. Be with me when I near the wrong path and steer me toward the life-giving way instead of the path to hell. I look forward to seeing Your face.