Today, I could focus on so many verses from Scripture, whole books, actually, or even the whole Bible. After all, Jesus sacrificial and saving act is the culmination of the New Testament right – the new fulfilling the old?
But, I’m not going to. I’m going to focus on one specific line:
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners…” 1 Timothy 1:15
I am the foremost of sinners.How many times have we had the gusto to say that? How many times have we had the humility to accept that? For me, admittedly, none…
So, allow me to write this reflection to myself today, and I pray, in turn, you are encouraged by it as well. We don’t deserve Jesus. We don’t deserve His sacrifice on the cross or our salvation. We do nothing to deserve any of it.
But, we are worthy of it. Not because we deserve it, but because God loves us so much and through that love we become worthy. I don’t mean to sound duplicitous or contradict myself, but God’s love is as mysterious as it is great, and any attempt to explain in greater detail will more than likely blow up in flames; I am no theologian.
It is a simple as this: Jesus won our favor on the cross. He gave His all so that we could have all. So, what are we doing prancing around our homes and workplaces as the queen of the world? Are we allowing Jesus to be the Messiah of our lives, or do we pride ourselves on our own saving powers and daily accomplishments?
Ask yourself today –
Am I allowing Jesus to be the Master and Savior of my day?
Do I frequent Mass and the sacraments (especially Reconciliation) when I can?
Am I allowing Jesus to be the Master and Savior of my family?
Do I love my husband as he deserves Ephesians 5:21-33?
Do I teach my kids about Jesus’ love and mercy?
Am I allowing Jesus to be the Master and Savior of my workplace?
Do I try to do everything on my own, or do I allow the Lord to guide and inspire me?
Am I allowing Jesus to be the Master and Savior of my own heart?
Can I willingly admit that I am the greatest sinner, but at the same time, willingly admit that God’s mercy is bigger than my sin?
Allow Jesus to walk you through these areas of your life today and ask Him for the continued grace to accept your nothingness, but also your worthiness.