I’m reading the Book of 1Timothy this morning and I’m grateful because it’s very rich. There is so much I will like to write on but I have chosen to minister from 1Timothy 1:15-16 TNIV “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. But for 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”. The Spirit of God is ministering something so deep from these verses and I pray He grants us an understanding of the mind of Christ to us. Jesus Christ came because mankind needed a Savior; we were living in a mistaken identity called ‘sin’ which led us into different works of the flesh. We believed we were far away from God (it was in our minds because of what we called sin Ephesians 2:12) believing we needed to do one thing or another to get to Him. Death was working in us but Jesus came and made us alive in Him; He transferred us from the Kingdom of darkness unto the kingdom of His Beloved Son (1 Corinthians 15:45, Colossians 1:13). Always remember that it is Christ at work in us both to will and to do His good purpose (Philippians 2:13).
It’s tempting to believe that we cannot fail or be weak in the face of challenges even as believers in Christ. Even when it involves the works of the flesh; it’s possible. You may have said the wrong thing, cheated when you were assigned a financial role; you were selfish when someone badly needed your help etc. When this happens, you beat yourself, lament, cry and even hate yourself. In Christ we’re perfect and complete based on the finished work of Christ in our place (Colossians 2:10). But one thing is we’re in the body that hosts the spirit and the soul which sometimes falls into temptation and this doesn’t happen to kill you but to bring to your consciousness that His strength is made perfect in weakness ( 2 Corinthians 12:9), Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and in Him you have the ability to overcome. Your life as a believer is not determined by your performance nor your ability to be perfect but the Grace of God and His life in you. Your failures, mistakes and challenges do not define your worth; Christ alone determines your worth because He stood in your place and died your death. Sometimes we remain captive to something we’ve done, holding on to guilt, anger, fear, rejection which hinders us from receiving the boundless and unconditional love of God our Father. Father God does not condemn you then why do you condemn yourself? (Romans 8:1). In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Whenever you find yourself in any situation where your heart condemns you speak forth what God believes about you and His love will comfort you.
Brethren in Christ, Jesus Christ chose you to be the raw material for another person to come to the knowledge of Christ. Do not hate yourself because of your weaknesses because it also opens your eyes to see the stupendous grace of God that is multiplied in your life. Learn to see your weaknesses as an operation of God for by so doing, His power will establish you in His unfailing love. Rejoice in your weaknesses for in them you see the extent to which God our loving Father loves and is patient. Be encouraged to keep your mind on Christ giving heed to the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report (Philippians 4:8-9), meditating on the things that are eternal that you may continue to experience the peace of Christ. Some years ago, when I read 1 Timothy 15-16 which is our verse of the day, I wrote this down “This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save me (wrote my names) a big sinner- from this fear, insecurity, unworthiness and bitterness. But for this reason, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering/patience for a pattern to all those who will believe in Christ and receive salvation.” You are an honorable vessel, keep your eyes on Christ and your weaknesses will go deem because He will be all you see. He is your life remember (Colossians 3:3-4). Father God is so faithful that His plan for your life is perfect even in your imperfections, His plans remains perfect.
You are blessed in Christ Jesus!