Week 37, Day 1
September 12, 2022
Scripture: 1 Timothy 1
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 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. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:15–17)
Elsewhere in letters to Timothy and Titus, Paul says, “Here is a trustworthy saying.” They are:
“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,” (1 Timothy 3:1–2)
“This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:9–10)
“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;” (2 Timothy 2:11)
“This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.” (Titus 3:8)
Today, I invite us to take heart in what deserves our full acceptance and devotion. Christ Jesus did come into the world to save sinners. Paul recognized and shared his understanding of his own need for it. He personalizes this truth for himself.
It is important for us to know our place within this as well. Christ came to save sinners. He came to save you and me. His glory is on display in all who come to believe in him and trust in him for eternal life.
Take heart and remember your story today. You are forgiven and saved!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.