“Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16).
Have you ever wondered why God performed the work of salvation in your life? The temptation is to contemplate this introspectively–focusing on one’s own life, merit, potential, or just the plain wonderment that he did it at all because we are so undeserving. Yet, Paul offers this reminder that salvation is never really about us, even if we refer to it as something personal. It first is about the sovereign reign and goodness of God and what he is accomplishing. Secondly, it is the example our salvation provides for others in the hopes that they, too, might believe. In other words, he has saved you for the benefit of someone else.