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He counted me faithful

"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" 1 Timothy 1:12-13.
I obtained mercy, Paul says, and grace, because in me first he taught me "all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting" 1 Timothy 1:16

And I like this part he says, that I became a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Jesus for life everlasting. Don’t we all want to be like Paul?  I do, but wanting isn’t enough. You also have to make people stand to the end. God has to enable you, and then count you in.

Paul suffered, and endured throughout, not for his own glory, but Christ’s, and that’s all he wanted too, to see Christ gloried. If you’ve the same mindset you shall also be counted in. Please don’t be like some false prophets we know who made a wind rush to count themselves faithful. Unlike  Paul, these days we see people enabling themselves, and within no time they count by their evil deeds they count themselves out too. They endure but a moment, then lead lascivious lives. Then you wonder, these people were they really been called to minister?

Many think ministry is following after things, wealth, or other men’s visions, ministries or callings, you name it. No wonder why some quickly put away their faith also. The reason is because they’ve taken "heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do" Timothy 1:4.

But I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Paul says, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful also, putting me into the ministry with "a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm” 1 Timothy 1:5-7.

If you’re to become a true minister of Christ, first you got to obtain mercy, you got to be owned by him, and you got to be enabled by him to serve. "Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting" 1 Timothy 1:16.

He has to count you faithful!

You got also to be a true soldier of his, you got to be enabled to "war a good warfare; "Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck" 1 Timothy 1:19.


God bless,
Laurence 

www.muzembi.org - Simple Gospel Summation 

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