Read 1 Timothy 1
Focus on verse 15
Why would a multi-billionaire, who had everything he needs to retire in ease and comfort somewhere on a tropical island or the French Riviera or both, choose to take on a leadership position where he knows that he and his family will be under constant assault by people seeking to assassinate his character and undermine his leadership?
It can only be one of two reasons. Either has an insane lust for power and sees this as an opportunity gain access to one of the most powerful positions in the world, or he genuinely desires to spend his last productive years of his life attempting to bring a nation back from the brink of economic, political and spiritual self destruction. Time alone will reveal his true motivation.
In today’s reading Paul is writing to a young man named Timothy, whom he was mentoring in ministry. In the statement that follows, Paul describes one of the foundational tenets of the Christian faith.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.(v. 15)
In this statement we find the reason why Jesus chose to leave His position in the heavenly realm to become one of us for a time, knowing he would ultimately suffer and be brutally executed. He didn’t have to do what He did, He chose to, because He loved humanity more than His own life. He came to redeem sinners, and Paul adds, “of whom I and the foremost”.
The redemption Jesus offers not only restores our standing with God, it restores our joy, and gives us a sense of peace that is not available to those who reject Him.
In the case of Jesus Christ – this truth is a trustworthy saying and we can count on it being accurate. In the case of the multibillionaire turned president, we can only hope and pray that his motivation is pure. Either way, God will use him to move the world forward in His amazing plan that will ultimately end with Jesus returning.