“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”1 Timothy 1:15 NIVUK
This is an excerpt from a private letter from Paul to his ‘Talibey’ or disciple; a letter now in public domain for all people from everywhere to benefit from its contents.
Paul was once vehemently and actively anti-Christian but after his powerful encounter with Jesus, he spent the rest of his life undoing the damage he had done against God’s work in the church.
Paul considered himself most unworthy because of his past, and now worked extremely hard to make known the truth about Jesus.
Very few people of public repute and high social status would readily pour contempt on their own previous bad behaviour for the sake and the benefit of a greater and better cause. They would rather wish to quickly bury their weakness or hide it away than use it as leverage for improving upon themselves and others.
Most people are boastful, proud and self seeking. And when it comes to their personal image they would jump to their own defence at all costs, even when it is plain for all to see that they were dead wrong.
Very few people would readily admit their sinfulness to their own very selves let alone to those who look up to them for instruction.
The extent of the impact of Paul’s head-on encounter with Jesus Christ can be seen in all Paul’s letters to the various Churches of his time. Paul literally preferred to class himself as a fool & sinner, and considered his own personal and public reputation and accolades as bullcrap in comparison to the knowledge of Salvation that Jesus Christ had brought about for his sake and for the sake of all mankind.
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”. Philippians 3:8-9 KJV
And you? How do you consider yourself? Too good and high-minded to know about or to ‘waste your time’ getting to God?
Remember that mighty people have trod your path before. You won’t be the first nor the last to make a good or poor decision regarding Jesus Christ. But also remember this, you can wager your life on the integrity of Jesus Christ and on the trustworthiness of His words more than on anything else in your lifetime and come out as a winner, with, of course, some good and necessary damage to your pride and ego.
Stop today and think real hard about how to get right with God through Jesus Christ. You can’t lose!