Friday – December 8, 2017 – 1 Timothy 1:15-17
This devotional title is in reference not only to why Jesus came to this world but also to one of the commands of Jesus found in The Great Commission. We, too, are sent to the sinners of this world not to save them but rather to tell them how they can be saved. Actually, Paul refers to himself and that he was to be a “pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.” With the words “in me first” Paul indicates that other believers are also supposed to be patterns showing Jesus to others by how we live our lives.
One of the greatest accolades a believer can receive in this life is for someone to let them know that how they lived their lives pointed them to faith in Jesus Christ. I think most of us have heard it said, “Your actions are speaking so loud I can’t hear the words you are saying.” This is a truism that cannot be ignored. Another that lives alongside of that is that sometimes you even have to use words to show others the way to Jesus. Over the years of ministry, I have enjoyed contact with many who have shown by their lives just who they belong to. I really appreciate hearing at the funeral of one of those saints how the way they lived and the things they said always went together and showed someone how to live as well. What joy there is for loved ones to know that their departed family member made an impact for God. They lived for something. This Christmas season, are you making an impact for God?
As you read those words of the Apostle Paul to young Timothy, did they resonate with you? Verse 16 gives us the reason for Paul and us to obtain mercy from God through salvation in and through Jesus Christ. It was so he and we can become patterns (examples) of what God can do in and through us IF we will allow Him to show His mercy through us. Paul was willing. Are you willing to let God’s mercy be seen in you? Let this be your gift to Christ Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for offering your salvation to me through Jesus Christ, your Son. As Paul allowed You to do Your will through Your mercy in His life and saw many begin to follow the same pattern he was following in Jesus, I ask that You also work your mercy through me. Amen.