Who do you respect the most?
Paul is writing another letter, this time to Timothy who he thinks of as a son. Timothy was a young leader in the church in Ephesus, and he was having issues with others in the church teaching things that were wrong. Some have totally rejected all the learning that had gone before them and decided that the law of God was a waste of time.
God’s law makes a big appearance in the Old Testament – it is a set of rules given to God’s people to help them live a life of worship and community. It has lots of details that are no longer necessary in our lives because they were all about worshipping in the Temple. And some seems a bit random to us today. But Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfil it.
The thing is, without the law, we wouldn’t know that we are sinful people and how much we are going wrong. If you were to measure your day against whether you had loved God with all that you are and whether you had loved your neighbour as yourself, how would you measure up? We’ve all messed up time and time again. We’ve made mistakes and hurt people and ourselves in the process.
But God’s grace is enough for us. Jesus came to set us free from this – Paul says “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” This is a statement we can rely on. It is because of our sin that God has shown us mercy. He has rescued us.
No matter who we are, no matter what we’ve done, God can use us powerfully when we turn to him. What’s stopping you from turning to him?
Lord God, thank you that you rescue us. Thank you that you set us free from the sin that holds us back. Thank you for your law that shows our mistakes and guides us. Help us live for you today. Amen
Take some time to reflect on your day and confess any sin you need to to God, before accepting his forgiveness and knowing you have been set free.