Words from the Heart for Monday February 19th, 2018
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
I Timothy 1:15 (NKJV)
He Came to Save Sinners
It may surprise us that the speaker of these words is Paul the apostle. We consider him to be one of the champions of the Christian faith. But, even Paul needed to have a personal encounter with the Living God. He did not ever feel he could earn his salvation. Rather, Paul recognized he was a sinner and gave his life to serve the Saviour.
In 1894, Arthur Lewis Cochrane, who had emigrated from England, was made the Lifesaving Society’s Honorary Representative in Canada. Through Cochrane’s efforts with a small group of like-minded citizens, the first Canadian branch of the Society was established in Ontario. The formation of the Quebec branch followed in 1909 and soon branches were formed across Canada. Annually, 1,000,000 Canadians participate in Lifesaving Society swimming lessons, lifesaving, lifeguard, first aid and leadership training programs and 30,000 Canadians earn their bronze cross.
The Apostle Paul had grown up as a leader among the Jews. He was raised in the right family, attended the right schools and had the right teacher. He was politically and religiously connected. And yet, he recognized his great need for a Saviour. He writes to his young protégé Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” If Paul was a sinner, and the chief of sinners at that, there is no one that is able to say “I don’t need Jesus.” On the way to persecute Christians in Damascus, Paul was confronted by the resurrected and ascended Lord Jesus and his life would never be the same again. Neither would the world. He recognized that Jesus had come to be the Redeemer of mankind. He was the promised Messiah. And in Him was the hope the world had long desired. It is only when we recognize our own need for a Saviour that we reach out to Jesus in faith. When we do we find that He is able to save us.
These have been words from the heart.