1 Timothy 12:15-16
15 I can testify that the Word is true and deserves to be received by all, for Jesus Christ came into the world to bring sinners back to life—even me, the worst sinner of all! 16 Yet I was captured by grace, so that Jesus Christ could display through me the outpouring of his Spirit as a pattern to be seen for all those who would believe in him for eternal life.
Seems like every day Jesus practices his perfect patience with his human creation; he gives superabounding grace for those destined to believe. He never quits in calling hearts and reaching for the lost. God, alone, knows who is going to respond to his invitation and who will reject it.
In our passage today, the Apostle Paul testifies to the work of the Word unto salvation. He shares about how God pursued him with patience and grace. He encourages his mentee, Timothy, to never give up in sharing the gospel with others. Even though some people may reject salvation and refuse to live by the virtues and character of Christ, the Spirit knows the ones who are actually searching for true meaning and fulfillment with God. We must always get beyond our attempts to please human beings, because our real goal for our lives must be to please God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for capturing me by your grace and for the great patience you extend each day in my direction. Fill me with your vibrant life, so others can see Christ in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.