Ephesians 3:1-13 — Being a steward of God’s grace

I think that for many Christians, they look at my last post that says we all are called to be stewards of God’s grace to those around us, and they say, “But I’m no Paul.  I can’t do the things he could do.  I’m just an ordinary Christian.”

But like I said, you aren’t called to be Paul, nor are you called to be a steward of God’s grace in exactly the same way he was.  Nevertheless, you are called to be a steward of his grace, sharing his gospel and touching those around you.

“But I’m not qualified,” you might say.  Or, “I’m not worthy.”

Do you know that Paul felt the same way about himself?  He says in verse 7-8,

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 all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.  (7-8)

Paul felt totally unworthy to be a steward of grace.  He called himself the least of all God’s people.  Why?  Because at one time he persecuted the church and was responsible for the imprisoning and death of many Christians.

But then he says that despite all this, “This grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Not because of his own worthiness.  Not because of his own pedigree or talents.  But because of the “gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.”

And the same is true of you.  God calls you to be a steward of his grace.  Why?  Because he has given his grace to you.  And the ability to be a good steward is by no means dependent on your pedigree or your talents.  Nor do you need to rely on your own wisdom and strength.  Rather, being a steward of his grace is dependent on the grace and power he has given to you.  And because of the grace and power he has given you, you can be a steward of his grace.

More, Paul tells us that it is God’s intent that through the church, his wisdom in all its facets would be displayed to the world.  That means you.  You and all the other Christians together are the church.  And God’s will is that his wisdom would be displayed through you.

“But I’m weak.  I’m ordinary.  How can God use me?”

It’s exactly because you are weak and ordinary that God can use you.  Because when you are weak and ordinary, you are forced to rely on God and his strength, not your own.  And as Paul wrote, when you are weak, then you are strong.  (II Corinthians 12:9-10)

And if that’s not enough for you, remember the words of Paul in I Corinthians 1.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (26-27)

God is not looking for the strong to display to his wisdom, but the weak.  So if you feel weak, you’re exactly what God is looking for.  For when people see what God is doing in you and through you to touch those around you, it will amaze them.  And they’ll think of us as the religious leaders did of Peter and John.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

When people see us, may they take note that we have been with Jesus.

Advertisements

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
This entry was posted in Ephesians, New Testament, Pauline epistles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s