Wednesday 24 January, 2018

1 Timothy 1:12-17

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.

God shows me mercy for this reason:

“So others can see that Jesus has mercy for them too, and wants to do something beautiful with their lives”.

This is wonderful to contemplate. First that Jesus would love me though I was a sinner. Second that he loves me not only that I might be loved, but so others can see that they are loved too.

So now I am entrusted with callings that are unique to me, and it is Jesus that has given me strength to fulfil them. He found what looked useless and has turned me into someone useful.

Lord we all have unique callings, yet we all have the one calling. Lord we rest in your love, we know you love us. May people see that you love them through our lives, let your power strengthen us for this call, the universal call of your Church. Amen.

Written By Andrew Mellor

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