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Ephesians Devotional—Week Three, Day Two (12/15/09)

Ephesians 3:7-9

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. {8} Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, {9} and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

In this amazing passage, Paul links two concepts together which appear at first to be oxymoronic. He links being a servant (i.e. slave) with his reception of the gift of God’s grace. In other words, Paul saw himself as a blessed man because God’s grace enabled him to be God’s slave in the gospel. Keep in mind that slavery was not a desired position in 1st Century Rome.

Another incredible statement from the great apostle was that he was less than the least of all of God’s people. Certainly we don’t view Paul in those terms today, but that is how he viewed himself. His pre-conversion persecution of the church no doubt factored into these words (see 1 Corinthians 15:9), as did his awareness of the weakness of his flesh (Romans 7:18,25).

Paul’s passion is also obvious here: he was passionate about making the good news of Christ plain and understandable to as many as he possibly could. This was his ongoing prayer request … that the Lord would open doors for this to occur, and that the Lord would help him to accomplish the task at hand.

  1. How has God’s grace influenced and motivated you to be His servant?
  2. Think about how you think about yourself. Jot down a few phrases that describe your thoughts. How are those thoughts colored by reality (truth)? How have you reflected your self-view toward others?
  3. What is your greatest passion in life? How has your prayer life reflected that passion?
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