Updated: Sep 30, 2020
1 Timothy 1:12
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
Points of interest
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me - Christ Jesus is the source of the believer's power and anointing
He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry - May our personal testimony be a reminder that Christ is faithful, Christ is able, Christ will do it.
These are the inspired words of the Apostle Paul, being inspired by the Holy Spirit to pen these truths for all eternity. Today, may we meditate therein.
Therefore, I thank Christ Jesus – a grateful heart is obligated with gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion of the heart, wherewith the heart is of sentiment of kindness. If we are without an obligation of gratitude to the Lord, then the heart is without kindness, therefore, its emotions are kindled by repugnance and constant rage. Wherewith it desires the one thing out of its reach, while ignoring all the many blessings in sight. If the individual cannot be grateful for all that they have now, they will never be grateful even if that which they desire is obtained.
The burden of always wanting is great, but the freedom of being content is a peace of mind. Therefore, I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me. If I was enabled by Christ, and indeed I am, then the will to perform is not in me. My nature is without strength, but with Christ, I am strong. For He has enabled me, He counted me faithful.
Am I enabled for idleness to wither away? Certainly not, He (Christ) counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. The Apostle Paul knew the ministry, wherewith he was called into. Consequently, by the grace of God, he did that which he was called to do. However, for many believers today, it is unfortunate that the heart is without peace and their lives are without a direction. For the lack of gratitude which strips the conscience of its obligation and duties to the Lord because the mind is always occupied with obtaining that which is beyond its reach, while ignoring the building blocks of peace of the little things in sight.
Change is achievable when an error is acknowledged, and the change is accepted.
So then, if my fault is the error to be acknowledged, then to you O Lord, I say; change my heart O God. Renew a right spirit within me. From here on in, may my judgment be of your perfect will, and your enabling power be my strength.
Change is fruitful when the gratitude of the heart serves as a reminder of the change in our lives. He (Christ) counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry - I thank You Lord for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve You. In so doing, may I be a blessing to others, by Your grace.
The ministry, wherewith we are placed is the preaching of the Gospel. To preach is to proclaim, without the limits of the pulpit, but the expression of who we are through our conversation toward others, we preach, or proclaim the Gospel.
Knowing the word Gospel means the good news, it is imperative that our hearts are of gratitude, without which the individual is devoid of the good news, but of negative connotations. On the contrary the heart of gratitude is aware that negativity doesn’t add, but a grateful heart is a shield from low spirits and an attraction to bring out the good in our fellow men.
So then, may our personal testimony be a reminder of the gratefulness that Christ is faithful, Christ is able, Christ will do it. Thank you, Lord, for the present. May my gratitude for the present be a path to apprehend the blessings of the future.
1 Thessalonians 5:18