I Choose You

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1: 12-16 (NRSV)

When Jesus heard this, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." Mark 2:17 (NRSV)

K. Smith, from Ohio, was in the prison yard reading his Bible when another inmate approached him and began to tell him about some issues he was dealing with. K. talked to him for about 20 minutes before needing to leave to attend the worship service in the chapel. ":Can I come with you?" asked the inmate. Without hesitating, K. said yes. After the service concluded, the inmate asked K. to wait for him while he spoke to the chaplain. After they had talked for a while, they came over to K.

The chaplain said to K., "I hear you know a thing or two about the word." He went on to ask K. if he would be interested in teaching a Bible class. K. tried to explain to him that he didn't think he could, and the chaplain asked K. if it was because of something he had done in his past. K. nodded. The chaplain said, "God doesn't use the ones who are ready; God gets ready the ones God wants to use." K. went on to teach the Bible study class.

From this, K. learned the valuable lesson that God can use any of us, no matter the circumstances of our lives. Remember that regardless of your past, God can still use you; you only have to be willing.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to bring others closer to you by ministering to them wherever we are, in Jesus' name, amen.

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