I have really been convicted this week. I wrote about it Tuesday. The passages I am studying as a result each really deserve their own page. I’m often guilty of listing a litany of scriptures at the end of a post without letting each word take its full meaning in my spirit and soul and root there and grow.
Today is Ephesians, specifically Chapter 3. I love Ephesians. If you’ve not read Ephesians, regardless of your faith background, I encourage you to read it. Ephesians is short. You can go to Bible Gateway and start with Ephesians1, and then just click the forward arrow to read through all six chapters. These are not like book chapters, they are super short and have a powerful message. (And feel free to keep going, Philippians and Colossians are after Ephesians and those are awesome too – my kids Life Verses came from those wise words.)
Now while that concept, a Saviour that can do more than we could ever even imagine for ourselves, is incredibly powerful, I understood so much more about Ephesians 3 this time around than what we GET. First, I understood what earlier in the chapter Paul (the author) was talking about. He was talking about being a teacher. Being called to be a servant to reveal the mystery of Christ. Specifically, he said, “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 God’s people, this grace was given to me.” Boy, I heard that. I feel that to the extent that God, in His grace, is giving me a message or ministry, He is doing it even though I am less than the least of those Christians around me. And it is from that place, the place of ministry, the place of a called teacher, that he says, “FOR THIS REASON I KNEEL BEFORE THE FATHER.” That calling, that God vocation, pulled him to his knees. To pray this really spectacular prayer. One of my absolute favorites. One that resonates in my soul every single time I read.