“”But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him foreternal.” 1 Timothy 1:16 ESV
There are so many flawed people in the Bible. One of the most flawed, early in his life,was the Apostle Paul who wrote 1 Timothy 1:16. Paul understood that it was God’smercy that allowed him and even empowered him to live the fruitful life of ministry that he lived after spending years persecuting Christians. In 1 Timothy, he instructs us to be sober-minded, enduring the suffering that comes, do the work of an evangelist, andfulfill our ministries. Although Timothy was a Pastor, Paul’s words are also written for us who aren’t. He encourages us to fulfill the ministries God has for us.
Application For The Day:
Be encouraged to step out on faith and start that bakery or to have the courage to build that daycare for underprivileged children? God has placed a ministry in you that is specific to your gifts and is waiting to be birthed. Let the fear of not being enough fallat the wayside. God knows your past and He doesn’t care what it looks like. He stillwants to birth a specific ministry through you that will transform lives in a way that God can only do through you, just like He did with Paul.
Prayer For The Day:
Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me if I have wasted time stressing over my past and thinking I’m not enough. You’ve placed a ministry inside of me that is waiting to be birthed. Help me to do like Paul’s last words instruct, be sober-minded, endure the challenges that come my way, do the work of an evangelist and fulfill the unique ministry you’ve planted in me, in Jesus’ Name.