1 Timothy 1:15-17
15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 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 for eternal life. 17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Why did God save me? Why does God save anybody? The answer to these questions is not found in our goodness. Nor is the answer to these questions to be found in the right decisions we would or would not make. As we told our group when studying 2 Timothy 1:9-10 last night, God saved us for the sake of his own name, for his own purpose, for his own glory.
Here in 1 Timothy, the same truth echoes. Paul says that God saved him, the chief of sinners. Why? God did so in order that “Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” God saves sinners because he wants his perfect patience to be on display. God saves people so that he can show the world how wonderful he is. God saves sinners so that he will be glorified. This is why, immediately after Paul points out the reason God saved him, he breaks forth in celebration of the glory of our God.
Have you ever wondered why you were saved? You were saved, if you are saved, in order to give glory to the God who saved you. This changes how you think, how you live, how you act with boldness, how you turn from sin. If God saved me for his glory, the only way for me to be happy is to glorify him. Let us learn to give God the glory for which he saved us.
Lord, I acknowledge that I brought nothing to the table but my sin. You are the source of my salvation. I needed your mercy. I needed you to grant me life. I thank you that you did so. I know that you did so for the sake of your glory. I pray that you will bring glory to your own name through my life.