APPOINTED TO SERVE!

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do His work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve Him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted His people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 1:12-14, NLT)

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Paul understood that he was a sinner and that it was God’s grace and mercy that finally set him free to do the work of the Lord – even after he used to blaspheme the name of Christ. He realized that it was his ignorance and unbelief that caused him to be disrespectful.

We, too, are sinners. Our ignorance and unbelief often stand in the way of our relationship with Christ. When we allow ourselves to follow the ways of the world, we prove just how vulnerable we really are. We are immoral, we are liars, we break our promises, we are impatient, greedy, and selfish – simply because we are human and were born into sin.

In order to do Christ’s work, it is necessary that we change our attitudes. First, we will always be sinners. We will always be tempted to do the wrong things. Sometimes we will even give in to those temptations. When we give in to sin, we need to be aware of what we have done, confess our mistakes, and seek forgiveness from our Savior. Christ fully understands that we are weak and that we need Him – that’s exactly why He allowed Himself to be crucified on our behalf.

We have been forgiven! We have not been made perfect. We’ll never be without sin. Like Paul, we need to accept the fact that we are sinners. We are no longer ignorant and we no longer live in unbelief. We live by the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. We, too, are trustworthy and appointed to serve Him!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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4 Comments on “APPOINTED TO SERVE!”

  1. Annie B Says:

    This is wonderful – it helps me too, to remind myself that others who do not believe upon Him are akin to blind men – when I think of it this way, I can have more compassion for them and love them better. Thank you for this wonderful reminder to start off my day!

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  2. Indeed we are sinners and unworthy before God. Nevertheless we are called to walk in Christ’s footsteps and by the grace of The Holy Spirit relect the love and glory of our Heavenly Father.
    God bless you

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