Week of May 5 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Ephesians 3:7-10

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. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.   

Reflect: Why do you think God gave His grace and power to Paul?

Consider: Paul was made a servant of this Good News as an undeserved honor, having been enabled, in spite of his natural human sinfulness, by the power of God (v. 7). This honor came to him who of all God’s people was, in his own mind, the least (deserving?)—probably a reference to his former activity in persecuting the very people to whom he now belongs (v. 8). (But of course, on the basis of grace, what one deserves is irrelevant!) It is now his privilege to broadcast to the Gentiles the news of this inexhaustible wealth which one receives in Christ, and to make everyone possible aware that this mystery, hitherto concealed in the heart of the Creator God, is now available for all to know (v. 9).4

Respond: Is service in the church our gift to God or God’s gift to us?

How can we have the right attitude and ability to serve God? What part does evangelism have in our service? What happens when we serve without faithfully sharing the good news of Jesus?

4 Richard J. Erickson, “Ephesians,” in Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, vol. 3, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995), 1026.