Imagine where you would be right now without Jesus. Sometimes we forget what we were before he saved us. Sometimes we forget what transformation we have been going through. Sometimes we forget how we used to think and act. Sometimes we forget just how wretched we were before encountering the Son of God who called us to himself, to be transformed from what we were, to become what we are, the children of God. We also forget the trust he has shown us by calling us into the mission of redeeming lost souls. When we remember all that we can say with apostle Paul:
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. (1 Timothy 1:12)
Paul served with all his heart because he never forgot what Jesus did for him. He never forgot what he was before he met Jesus:
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. (v. 13)
This blasphemer, persecutor and violent man deserved death but he did not receive it. Instead Jesus revealed himself to Paul and called him into his service. He extended great grace to him and that grace turned Paul from a persecutor to the great champion of the Body of Christ. The Spirit poured incredible revelation through Paul so that we today could have better understanding of many spiritual matters. From a man who hated Christ to a man who has been used by Christ for nearly two thousand years. Paul's appreciation of what Jesus did for him are expressed in simple, humble words:
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (v. 14)
In the same way Jesus called Paul he has called you. You don't think he wants to use you in your service to him? You think you are unworthy? Yes, you are unworthy, but he has declared you to be worthy. He took a murderer and turned him into a great lover, so imagine what he can do with you if you trust him with your heart, mind and soul. Imagine what he can do with a life that presents itself like putty in his hands. Imagine what his will is for you if you would only remain sensitive to his Holy Spirit.
There are many things you and I should have in common but one in particular should stand out for us: a grateful heart. Each of us should be shouting out praises as they rise up from the overflow of our gratefulness. Every morning should start off with "Thank you Jesus". Throughout our day we should be lifting our eyes up and thanking Jesus. In the sunshine and the rain it should be "Thank you Jesus". In winter and summer, spring and fall - "Thank you Jesus". Remember what you have been saved from. Remember his grace. Remember and serve him well today, with all your strength, from a thankful heart.