Michael Jones, a former prisoner and relatively new
Christian, was asked to give his testimony in a prison.
After he spoke, some inmates came to him and said, “This
is the most exciting meeting we’ve ever been to!” Michael
was amazed that God could use his simple story.
In 1 Timothy, after Paul had charged Timothy to stay
the course preaching the gospel (1:1-11), he shared his
personal testimony to encourage the young man (vv.12-16).
He told about God’s mercy in his own life. Paul said that
he had mocked the Lord, but He changed him. In His mercy,
God not only counted him faithful and gave him a job to
do, but He also enabled him to do His work (v.12). Paul
considered himself the worst of sinners, but God saved him
The Lord is able! That is what Paul wanted Timothy to see,
and what we need to see too. Through Paul’s testimony, we
see God’s mercy. If God
could use someone like Paul, He can use us. If God could
save the worst of sinners, then no one is beyond His
Our story of God’s work in our lives can encourage others.
Let those around you know that the God of the Bible is
still at work today!
Father, thank You for the salvation You offer and that no
one, including me, is beyond the reach of Your mercy,
grace, and transforming power. Help me share my story with
others so that people can see Your love.
No one is beyond the reach of God’s love.
Before Paul’s conversion he put Christian believers in
prison and was present for at least one murder—that of
Stephen, who was stoned for preaching about Christ (Acts
7:59–8:1). Yet after his conversion Paul sums up his
former life in just three words, telling Timothy that he
was “a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man” (1
Tim. 1:13). He then tells what God has done for him (vv.
13-17), reminding us that it is not who we were that is
important; it is what God has done for us.