Churches are not full of perfect people, but somewhere along the way, that’s the perception many people have developed of Christianity. Perhaps part of this perception comes from the way we tend to elevate certain individuals in Scripture: Saint Peter, Saint John, Saint Paul . . .
Wait a minute . . . Saint Paul? The same Paul who referred to himself as a “blasphemer, persecutor, a violent man, and the worst of sinners” (1 Tim. 1:12-16)?
If you know anything about the apostle Paul and his past, you know that he was far from perfect and would have been appalled to ever be called “Saint Paul.” He was arguably the least likely candidate in history to repent and commit his life to follow Jesus. However, the good news for Paul – and for us – is that God loves unlikely candidates. No one is beyond hope. If you question that, remember Paul.