The Worst Sinner
Today’s scripture selection: First Timothy 1-3
Key verse: First Timothy 1:15
There’s nothing like a little humility.
The apostle Paul, whom some would call the greatest apostle, was – at one time in his life – anything but humble.
He was proud of his lineage; proud of his education; proud of his reputation; and I suspect proud of just about everything he said or did.
Then – while he was busy out on the road persecuting those followers of the crazy religion known as the “Way” he was struck down, literally.
Face down in the mud; struck blind; totally helpless and at the mercy of others – humbled.
When he saw the error of his ways and was restored to health and service by God, as a card-carrying member of the “Way” he had so zealously persecuted, he found new life.
That’s why later he could boldly and un-apologetically write these words:
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”
Wow. So often when preachers write about sinners they forget to add that little bit at the end, arguably the most important part, about how they are sinners too.
I try to always remember that in my own preaching and teaching.
None of us are perfect, or anywhere close to it. To borrow another of Paul’s famous phrases, every one of us has “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
But every single one of us is also offered the wonderful, deep, inexplicable forgiveness and love of the very same God we have so deeply offended. That’s what grace is all about, Charlie Brown.
So, let’s show a little humility. Let’s be willing to admit what sinners we are. Then we can celebrate, together, just how wonderful it is to be loved as deeply as we are by God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you again for your amazing grace. AMEN.