Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Timothy 1:12-14 (KJV); And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Faithfulness in the things of God is key.
But what is faithfulness in the mind of God?
Paul reveals that God COUNTED him faithful; He did not FIND him faithful but considered him faithful.
The Lord did not base this on the fact that Paul was doing the things that faithful people do.
He was looked at as faithful even when he was still a persecutor, blasphemous and injurious to the body of Christ.
Our faithfulness is not primarily because we do things that demonstrate faithfulness.
Even before we do any such things, God COUNTS us faithful.
Paul says that God separated him from his mother’s womb and called him by His grace (Galatians 1:15).
Like Paul, when you reflect on your life before salvation, you were not the most trust worthy person for that calling with which now you serve God.
You probably used to despise born again Christians and considered them a nuisance; most likely, you hated church and the idea of praying.
But God looked past all this and still saw the apostle, pastor, prophet, teacher or evangelist in you.
Even in your mischief, God still saw the master soul winner in you.
He consecrated, separated, called and presented you as a worthy minister and counted you faithful. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: Galatians 1:15, Romans 8:30
Our faithfulness is not primarily because we do things that demonstrate faithfulness. Even before we do any such things, God counts us faithful.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for your grace. Your Word says that even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; you loved us before we ever loved you and you counted us faithful before we ever did anything to demonstrate that we are. You impute precious righteousness on us every day, calling the things that are not as though they were. We are who we are because of what you say and not because of who we try to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.