Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (1 Tim. 1:15)

AUGUSTINE CHRONICLED the details of his life in his book Confessions, in which he laid out his sinful experiences before coming to Christ. He did not spare himself or gloss over the gritty truth in an attempt to look better. He fully admitted his sinfulness and gave credit for his change to the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Paul echoed the same truth that he was a sinner saved by Christ. He gave all the glory to God for the miraculous turnaround in his life. Both of these men were at one time opposed to God, even violently so. The saving power of Christ was the first step in transforming them into the most effective apologists for Christianity of their day. They rejected any claims of greatness but instead gave the honor all to God.

This is the business of Christ: to redeem those separated from God by sin and bring them into fellowship with Him. He completed the atonement on the cross. Once His saving grace is accepted, as it was by Paul and Augustine, the process of transformation is begun.

God is ready to work the same miracle in our lives today. We may not become famous, but God’s redemptive and restorative power is available to everyone. Eternal life comes by salvation given by the eternal King.

Examine your life for any independence from God, and give it to Him today.

Terry Magee lives with his wife in central Pennsylvania, where he teaches in his church. He enjoys both reading and outdoor activities.