January 5

Ephesians 3:7-12

“Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power.” vs. 7

While many question whether Paul was the actual writer of the book of Ephesians there is no doubt that its content is consistent with what we know of his life. He was completely committed to the message of inclusive grace that had been given to him by revelation. He was so convinced that he left home and family and headed off on risky and harrowing journeys guided only by the Holy Spirit. He had no master plan or source of major funding…he called himself a servant of Christ and sought nothing more than to be a mouthpiece of the good news. Occasionally we encounter people like this in the Church…and it’s always a blessing. Their deepest desire is that others might know the inexhaustible grace of God. Their satisfaction comes, not from personal gain or wealth, but from the knowledge that hungry people have been fed by the steadfast love of God. They don’t seek position or status and are unimpressed by material accumulation. And it’s not just all talk! They can communicate grace and love without a word…their convictions permeate their actions and their listening is compassionate and unjudging. Like Paul they consider themselves the very least of all the saints and find total contentment in their service. Their gentleness is obvious and their smiles contagious…they are the presence of Christ among us.

Thought for the Day: How strong are my faith convictions?

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