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Jesus Came to Save Sinners

1 Timothy 1:15

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.

IMG_0301During NCAA Basketball tournament time – and the Maryland Terp men play today around 4:40 pm today – the competitive juices begin to flow in almost everyone.  Even if they don’t like sports – they get excited in the office place (and on Facebook) for their alma mater (go Terps).

I wonder – have we ever had a competitive spirit about following Christ?  I mean – have we ever thought of giving our best effort – spending a day or a life-time – seeking His face and desiring His grace?  Have we ever gone out of our way to connect with others around our faith?  Sunday will be such a time for folks from FUMC.  We will connect with one another as we walk the community around our church and introduce ourselves to our community and invite them to join us for Holy Week.

Christ Died for YouI use to look at today’s passage and wonder how I would rate if Paul saw himself as the worst of sinners (what is worst than worst?).  I realize that before Paul was renamed by God – his name was Saul.  I realize that Saul set out to destroy the church.  His sin was great as he was on the scene when Stephen was killed – and set out to destroy the church.

Acts 8:1-3 – 1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.

Reading this passage and then reading something like this next passage gives me pause and yet hope too.  No matter what sins I have committed – no matter where I rank in the all-time sinners category – I too can be forgiven.

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

God’s grace is so amazing.  It can take a sinner like Saul and not only forgive his transgressions – but turn him around to become and instrument for God’s use – an apostle – a patriarch of the church.  Saul became Saint Paul!

If God can do that for Saul/Paul – God can do that for me – God can do that for us.  That is what Paul was saying when he said Christ came into the world to same sinners – even a sinner like me – and so Christ can turn our life around as well.  Awesome stuff.  Allow Christ to change your life today – to change our lives.  Seek His forgiveness – His grace – and allow Him to work in us – through us – and in spite of us.  Jesus came to save sinners – of which we rank right up there!  God’s grace is sufficient to cover our sins – if we seek after Him!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 20, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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