What is the minimum?
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Ephesians 3:8
This is the apostle Paul. The man who wrote almost half of the new testament. He said he was the least of all the saints, yet he was given a grace to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of salvation in Christ Jesus. Haven’t we all been given a grace, not to mention a command from Jesus Himself to spread the good news about salvation in Christ Jesus? If Paul was the least of all the saints, that would be the saints of all time. That includes us, the current day believers as defined in scripture as saints or those set apart through salvation. (see 1 Cor. 1:30) Wouldn’t it stand to reason, that if he was the least, than we also could have an effective ministry building on his revelation. Not only on Paul’s revelation, but also the other apostles and those before and after them. This is our minimum requirement and we have a multitude of writings that we can draw this wisdom from.
It’s true, we all have been graced in different gifts and abilities, but the over all purpose is the same. That is to love others and to bring them to our loving Heavenly Father. This passage also says that the intent is to show the many sides of God’s wisdom not only to people here in the world, but also to the principalities and powers in the heavens. That is the spirit world. Everything in the spirit realm can see God’s wisdom and power at work when we allow it to flow through us into the lives of others. This is the reason and purpose in our salvation. We are His exhibits and representatives in this world and the world beyond.
Today I want to encourage you to consider the grace you have been given to tell others about God’s great love displayed in His gift of salvation. How can you use these gifts and abilities today? Start your day with prayer and commit not only the day to Him but also your words and actions to loving others with the love of God. Let God’s love show up wherever you do and the world around you will begin to see that God’s love is the light that will lead them to a life of victory.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 3:8-13