Devotions this morning is an encouraging passage on how God will use anyone. 1 Timothy 1: 12-14 says: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 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. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
God isn’t really looking for ability. Of course this is not the case with us. When we’re hiring someone for a job, we look for people who are the “most qualified.” We look at resumes, job experience, etc. God doesn’t necessarily do this. He looks at the most available individual and then enables them to do the work He has for them. Quite often…the choices God makes are actually shocking to us. But that’s how He works…He can use anyone. God is looking for people who are available, and who’d be faithful.
Our passage looks at Paul as a perfect example of this unlikely candidate. God enabled Paul, used him, and counted him faithful even though he was a blasphemer, persecutor, and violent man. Could you imagine if Paul was a candidate now for serving a church? The search committee would pass on him immediately. He was in prison several times, he had been beaten up and stoned, he even caused a bunch of riots. Not exactly a guy that would be first on the list to be a local pastor. And yet God used him.
The question today is…what about us? Each of us could be considered unworthy. But are we available? Definitely food for thought. Read the passage again like you’re the one who wrote it…and see how well it applies to you.