I Tim. 1: 15-16 This a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--and I was the worst of them all. But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they too, can believe and receive eternal life.
There was no other reason why Jesus came into the world; He came to save sinners, you and I. We must never take this lightly. Jesus loves us and came to save us from certain life in eternal hell. This marvelous truth should so captivate our thoughts that we are driven to our knees in gratitude and worship our wondrous Savior and Lord.
I don't know how you perceived yourself before you came to Christ. Paul saw himself as the worst of sinners. No matter how good of a person we thought we were, without Christ we were in the same boat as Paul. We were sinners underserving of God's love and favor. Like Paul, we ought to be amazed at the fact that Jesus bothered with us. Our sins made us enemies of God and deserving of His wrath. You without Christ were the worst you have ever been. Whether you were the best or worst of sinners, you were still an enemy of God, undeserving of God's forgiveness and mercy.
Jesus saves us so that we can tell others this simple truth: "If God can save me, He can save you, too." We each have a story of redemption to tell. We ought to be telling it over and over again. No one is beyond God forgiveness. God is patient with the lost and anyone who is willing can be saved. Our lives are a living testimony of what God can do.
Praise God for His marvelous patience, mercy and love! Redeemed! Shout it from the rooftop to all who will listen.