14 May Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:15-16; 1 Corinthians 9:16
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
1 Corinthians 9:16
16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
Who do you identify with in the book of Jonah? Yesterday we looked at how we should be able to identify with Jonah; as all of us have, at some point, run from or ignored or disobeyed God. But have you ever identified with the people of Nineveh? We should, and I think that’s the point Jonah missed. He saw them as undeserving, not recognizing he was the same. Who among us is deserving of God’s grace? Paul recognized this truth, even calling himself “the worst of sinners,” which is what drove him to so zealously proclaim the Gospel. If God could forgive him, He could forgive anyone, so everyone needs to hear this Good News! Do you feel the same? Do you recognize how undeserving you are (we all are) of God’s grace? When we do, this truth should make us love Him more and want to share the Good News in obedience and gratefulness.