By Divine Appointment

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Timothy 1:12-14

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service. (v. 12)

The apostle often inspires his young friend by way of personal testimony. Hear him as he models a grateful heart. Jesus is the one who has strengthened him, and placed him into ministry. In other words, Paul’s entire service as an apostle is by the Lord’s appointment. Jesus sends and equips him. And most amazing to Paul is this: the Lord considered him to be faithful, even though he had formerly been a vicious persecutor of the church. For all this, he says, “I thank Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Something of this grace and gratitude burst on me the night I came to trust in Jesus. The Scripture memory card my friend gave me contained Jesus’ words in John 15:16: “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” God had given me something to live for that was bigger than my own success and security – what a gift! To be trusted and sent by the risen Lord as one of his servants is grace upon grace. Thanks be to him!

PRAYER

We bless you, Lord, that despite our sin you count us faithful and call us to serve.