His Amazing Grace. {Day 2}

READ: 1 Timothy 1:12-20; Acts 9

“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, NIV}

Ever feel like the worst?  The worst Christian? The worst friend? The worst _______ fill in the blank?

I’m sure many of us would rather not hang out in those thoughts and given the option would justify them away or boast in the areas we excel.

Paul knew that when we recognize our worst we are intimately met with God's best. Click To Tweet

Paul knew a thing or two about being the worst.  Before his conversion to the faith, he was persecuting Christians in the worst of ways. {You can read his story here.}

Recently, I’ve challenged myself to start each morning with a prayer of repentance.  When I rise, I drop to my knees, I scan the day before and I repent for my sin.  At first, it was really difficult to call out anything I had done wrong the day before. Not that I’m amazing or perfect but because I don’t look at my sin.  And if I’m honest, repentance hasn’t been a regular practice of mine.  I prefer to think “I’m good“, “there’s grace for that“, and operate under the banner of a “Good Christian Girl”.

But as I started to pray and call out my sin each morning the amount of sin that would pour out of me increased.  A little fib here, a day spent in comparison and envy there, covetousness, excessive worry, the list could go on and on.

It wasn’t that I didn’t know these were sins before but instead on my knees and in reverence of the Lord I was met face to face with my loving father and I wanted to confess my sin. I wanted to be free and receive the forgiveness and reconciliation I’m promised when I do. There is a closeness and an intimacy growing between me and my heavenly father as I continue to repent each morning. The more I recognize my filth the more I witness His glory!

It’s hard to look at your sin.  To really hold it out there and see it for what it is.  And I could easily get trapped in thinking “man, BethAnn, you are the worst!” But instead, I’m choosing to recognize my savior in the midst who rescues me out of my of sin and say, “Ya, I’m not great but man, my LORD sure is!”  And I tell you, calling out your sin each day really starts to expose those little offenses that don’t seem like much but in reality really do chip away at our heart and stir in me a greater desire to walk differently.

Paul goes on to say:“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.” { 1 Timothy 1:16 }

Jesus Christ came to save the sinners! – of whom I am the worst!

Initially, just like the Apostle Paul, God rescued us all out of darkness and brought us into the light but it doesn’t stop there. Through His amazing grace, He continues to wash our slate clean and forgive us day after day.

Knowing this, I don’t think we should parade down the street boasting in our sin but what if in looking at it more often we would see just how much we need the Lord and begin to look on our neighbors with more compassion and more empathy rather than judgment.  Waving a banner of love and grace that says, “Ya, I am the worst and the Lord rescued me. And if He can do that for me, He will certainly do it for you too!”  

REFLECT:

  • Have you ever said, “Man, I’m the worst____?”  What was that “blank” for you and how might the Lord want you to see His grace and forgiveness in the midst?
  • What is your “come to Jesus” story?  How has the Lord rescued you? {For inspiration Read Paul’s conversion in Acts chapter 9}
  • What sin might God be asking you to confess and turn from today?

PRAYER:

Lord, thank you for rescuing us out of darkness.  For your bright light that shines on us and gently stirs up our filth so that you can wash it away, blessing us with more freedom. Lord, help us to remember our rescue story and look on the rescue stories of Paul and so many others as beautiful reminders of your grace and mercy on each one of us. And in so doing may we be people who extend more grace and love to others.  In Jesus precious name, Amen!

BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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