Have you ever had Jesus give you a Scripture?
I was at my churches leadership retreat. We were working through some personal spiritual assessments. We were taking a look at not just what are giftings were, but seeing how the Lord has worked in our lives. I was a pretty new believer at this point, maybe a year or so.
As we are working through the workbook and reflecting on particular Scriptures, the Lord gives me 1 Timothy 1: 15-16.
Now, I don’t remember how I came upon this Scripture, I kind of believe it was part of the workbook, but what is most important is that it impacted me on a spiritually deep level, if you get my meaning. I knew this Scripture meant something special to me and that it was MY Scripture. Though to be totally honest, I had NO idea what it was supposed to mean to me.
1 Timothy 1: 15-16
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.
It wasn’t till years later, when I’m living in the condo, while I’m walking my dog down the sidewalk, that it hit me like a ton of bricks.
You see, I had such a high regard for myself, I didn’t realize I am the worst of sinners.
I was brought to tears on the sidewalk.