Discovering Your Identity in Christ – A Study in Ephesians – Part 10

By the Gift of God’s Grace

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I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.”   Ephesians 3:7-13 NIV

In Ephesians 3:7, we can catch a glimpse of Paul’s motivation for ministry.  He tells us what gave him his credentials to be a servant of the Gospel.  Take a look at the verse.

Paul was made a servant and minister of the Gospel by… his theological training?  Was it his charisma?   Was it his spirituality?  Was it his ability?  No.  Paul was a made a minister and servant of God by grace.

Paul understood that he was able to be a minister as a servant of the Gospel not because he deserved it, but because of God’s grace.

Paul who saw himself as:

“The least of the apostles” – 1 Corinthians 15:9

“The chief of sinners” – 1 Timothy 1:15

Paul gives us a different perspective on serving God.  He saw his service to the Gospel is a “gift of God’s grace.”

   

What if we were to see our service to God as a “gift of God’s grace?”

When we get tired and burnt out from serving in the ministry, it often stems from a sense of discouragement.  There are times that we think we deserve better treatment from others in the church.  We think people should appreciate our efforts.  We think others should treat us better.  We think, we don’t have to take it from others.

Maybe we face discouragement, not because the work is too strenuous, but because we have lost sight of the fact that we are servants of this Gospel by the gift of God’s grace.

It is by the gift of God’s grace that I get to teach His Word.

It is by the gift of God’s grace that I get to serve in a youth ministry.

It is by the gift of God’s grace that I get to lead a small group.

It is by the gift of God’s grace that I get to usher and set up the sanctuary.

It is by the gift of God’s grace that I get to deal with difficult people.    

It is the gift of God’s grace that I get to journal in these devotions.

Not by strength, nor by power, but by Your Spirit, and Your grace am I able to serve.  May my attitude to serve You always be understanding that it is the gift of God’s grace that I do as I do.  In the awesome grace of Jesus Christ, amen.   

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