The Gift of Serving
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.
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?
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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