Paul begins his letter to Timothy with a very strong confession. In short, Paul tells Timothy that he was as vile and violent a sinner as was known to man. He blasphemed God, he carried out violence and was far from the godly Pharisee he perceived himself to be. But, in the midst of that, God forgave, restored, and commissioned Paul to bring the Gospel to the Gentile world. Why would God do that? Simple, God prepares and uses those best suited for the task assigned.
God used Noah to save men and beast after the flood. God used Moses, murderer, shepherd, to free His people and lead them to the Promised Land. God used a boy shepherd, David, to kill Goliath and return Israel to its place as a great nation. God used a group of fishermen and misfits from around Galilee to spread the Gospel to His people, Israel. God used the ultimate Jewish leader to take the Gospel outside Israel and to the Gentile world at large. God has always made clear that it is not who he picks, it is the faith and willingness of those he picks that makes them and their mission so amazing.
The same remains true today. God uses us, misfits, sinners to continue the work of the Gospel. We are no more worthy than was Paul or Timothy. That is what causes God’s message to thrive the most. If we, who are in no way worthy of salvation, can demonstrate God’s influence and work in our lives; then, there can be little argument that such change is from the Lord and not due to our personal charm and talent. If from the Lord, then the change is real and ready for anyone that is willing to accept Christ in their lives. It is not about us, it is about the One who lives within us!
God Bless You
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 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. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Charge to Timothy Renewed
18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.