1 Timothy 1:12-13
Father thank You for Your love, for my life and my family, and for the opportunities that You provide. Thank You for Your loving patience that waits for me each time I stray, stumble, fall, hesitate, disobey, and make mistakes. Thank You for forgiving me even when I can’t yet forgive myself and others.
Thank You for showing me love even when I only show anger to myself and others. Thank You for showing me mercy even though I haven’t always shown mercy to others. I praise You through the great, the good, the not-so-good, and the bad. In Jesus’ name I give you all the glory. Amen.
Imagine the shock of knowing that all of the years you spent bad-mouthing God, the name of Christ, persecuting God’s children, that you were still shown mercy and chosen to serve. That was Paul’s reality. Paul wrote a series of letters, the first to be listed in the Bible is 1 Timothy. It is his testimony.
At a point in his life Paul was beyond a jerk, he was cruel—some would call him evil. No one then or now would believe that a man who did and said some of the most hateful and hurtful things could ever be forgiven, shown mercy, trusted, and moved to walk as a servant of God instead of a puppet of the enemy.
But he was. We must remember that God knew us and knew every step we would take, every word we would speak, every thought that we would have long before we were physically born. He is our creator. We are His creations. He knew Paul and knew the man that he was born to be, and how faithfully he would serve after he walked through some valleys and struggled up the steepest of mountains.
Paul’s life is proof that in our minor of offenses that we too have what it takes to be better versions of ourselves, and each day we are given the opportunity to open ourselves so that we might be changed. We’re all clay being molded. Some of us just need more water and molding. But what always happens when we give in and surrender to change, is we are molded into the perfect image by God’s Hands.
God knows your heart. Keep your eyes on Him. He already has you covered.