“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” (1 Timothy 1:15).
The bottom line: Christ came to save sinners. We all like sheep have gone astray. We know that sin brings death. Therefore, the Good News of the Gospel is that the Savior has come and that all who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
Lord, this is so simple and rolls off my tongue, yet the truth is that this shatters my illusions of goodness. I am not good. Only You are good. Yet You did not create me evil, nor to remain in sin. The Savior connects these two concepts so that I would be brought into Your goodness. Put me on the path that leads to everlasting life, guiding me in Your goodness, mercy, and grace made possible through the salvation in Christ.
Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, Good Shepherd, You have come so that we may have life and have it abundantly. Guide me, Lord, in the way of life that I may not rest in my own thoughts, but let Your thoughts become my thoughts, and Your ways my ways. Lead me in the faith You have given me so that I would now and forever be in You and You in me. Lead me into Your salvation, Lord Jesus! Amen.