October 26

Psalms 110:1-3 (NIV) 1The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." 2The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies. 3Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth.

This was the most quoted verse of Jesus. There are two different words for lord. The first (all capital) is Jehovah, the eternal God. The second is Adon, the Master. The conversation between God and Jesus is overheard and recorded by the psalmist. Eternal God says to Lord Jesus to sit at His right hand until He makes all His enemies a footstool. The Jews thought the second lord was referring to David.

It was most quoted right at the last few days of Jesus' earthly life. Jesus was looking forward to the promise of His Father, sitting at His right hand, watching God's sovereign will bring everything in submission to the Son. You and I are watching too, as the world does its best to have man make heaven on earth without success.

Verse 2 promises that Jesus' ruling scepter will go out from Zion and throughout the enemy camp. When He returns to reign, he will not come as the humble servant. He will come as the majestic Lord of glory, and we will follow as warriors in our prime, enforcing His rule in the earth. Perhaps Jesus quoted this so often because He wanted us to look forward too, and to understand that this transition period is only for a short time. With our eyes set on this future, we have a very different perspective of our present. Our destiny is to rule and reign with Him in righteousness. All the troubles of our present day will be past.

Consider: The world will see with their own eyes the glory of the Lord of all the earth. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord!

October 26

1 Timothy 1:14-16 (NIV) 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

Paul considered himself to be a trophy of God's grace. His letters to Timothy were among his last letters written. Early on in his ministry he described himself as the least of the Apostles (1 Corinthians 15:9). Midway into his ministry he said he was the least of all God's people (Ephesians 3:8). Here at the end of his ministry he declares himself to be the worst sinner.

Maturing in Christ means an increasing revelation of our sinfulness. At first we don't see ourselves as being so bad. We know we are in need of Jesus, but we almost think God made a good choice when He picked us. As we grow, the Spirit reveals more and more of our pride and selfishness. We start to wonder why God would choose us. Then, as our revelation of His holiness increases, we realize that we are the worst of sinners. We start to see that it is all about His glorious grace. He takes the worst and transforms them into the image of His Son. What an amazing God! How else could we understand how gracious and merciful He is?

Paul said God does this so that we can see His unlimited patience. I thank God for His unlimited patience! Everyone that sees a saint in progress should be attracted to the gracious loving God that would even choose that person.

Consider: Where are you in the process of the revelation of your condition without Christ? Has humility become your robe, attracting those who see it to the gracious God that is doing the work in you? Every transformed life is a testimony to unbelievers that God can save them too.