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The Gift of Serving

 

January 22

 

Read Ephesians 3:6-7

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of His power.

 

Reflect

According to this verse, how does Paul view his mission to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles?

 

Put yourself in Paul’s shoes for a moment. Paul had faced significant challenges in His ministry to the Gentiles and now he was imprisoned for His obedience to the Lord. And yet, he said that he was “made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace”.

 

Despite the challenges and the hardships, Paul viewed his calling to ministry as a gift. He credited God’s grace for allowing him to serve in this way. Given Paul’s past as a persecutor of Christians, Paul certainly didn’t deserve such a high calling. Paul rightly acknowledged that God chose him to be His servant because of God’s unmerited favor and kindness.

 

But God didn’t just choose Paul for such an important task and then abandon him. Rather, God equipped and sustained Paul to do the work that he was called to do. In His grace, God gave Paul the power to minister successfully to the Gentile population.

 

What God-given opportunities do you have to minister to those around you? How has God called you to serve Him? When you face challenges and obstacles, do you view your opportunities for service as a gift or a burden?

 

Friends, it’s easy to get so caught up in our tasks that we forget what a privilege it is to be chosen by God for His service. There is nothing we could ever do to deserve it. We aren’t worthy. Why did He choose us? His grace. Are you enjoying your privilege to serve Him?

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You for my opportunities to serve You. I know that serving You is a gift You have given me according to Your grace. Strengthen me and sustain me so that I am able to steward the gift well. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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5 months ago
It is to be bless others to be encourage them along thorough life of a Christian.
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5 months ago
that was great incurigment.
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5 months ago
You are correct that the the missive is a blessing to read and then act upon in our daily lives.
Just in case you were to care, then read the following.
En - prefix meaning with, in, or within
Courage - root word meaning to do something in spite of fear
Ment - suffix meaning action or the result of an action
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5 months ago
Please pray for Indian ministry
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5 months ago
I love to see this it’s good for the heart and soul I have opened a room of Facebook called Gods Room where people can come join and be encouraged
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5 months ago
I tend to share with only liked minded folks. I need to also share God's word with those whom I may disagree.
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5 months ago
I think that's all of our tendency. The problem is apart from Christ, everyone is spiritually dead. Sure, they may look more like you, sound more like you, or think more like you, but the fact is they are spiritually separated and dead. This helps me when I want to focus on my kind of people.

But this doesn't mean you should go out of the places God has placed you. God wants you to make disciples as you go in your everyday routines. I think the key is asking God to keep our eyes and ears open to every opportunity...not just the ones we like.
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