I had lunch today with a man who has recently visited our church. I was amazed as I listened to his story about a life of drug addiction, gang involvement, Satan worship, prison, and hate. He said, "Two years ago I would never have given you the time of day. I would not have looked you in the eye or even spoken to you. And here I am now having lunch with you, a brother in Christ. My life proves that if I can be here with you today no one is beyond hope or the grace of God."
What a testimony of God's amazing grace! Perhaps you need to be reminded today that no matter who you are, where you have been, what you have experienced, or what you have done you are not beyond the grace of God. He loves you and can change your life when you trust Christ as your Lord and Savior.
The apostle Paul also believed his life was a testimony to the power of God's grace to reach the vilest sinner. Before he became a follower of Jesus Christ he was a persecutor of the church. God's grace turned this murderer into a missionary; this persecutor into a preacher of the good news of Jesus.
“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But 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 in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17 NLT