I want to pound it in my head and it injected it in my heart!
I want to see others through its lenses. (vs. 8 “. . . this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ)
I want to minister to others with it. (vs. 7 “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”)
I want to steward it well. (vs. 2 ” . . stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you”)
To live out grace in such a way that it affects everything around you is a act of God in us. Its something that we cannot will to happen but must ask God with faith that he would transform us from the inside out.
In the passage this week (Ephesians 3:1-13), it stood out to me the number of times Paul says he does something due to God’s grace.
Not because he was so gifted or qualified.
Not so that he could look good in front of others.
Not so that others could look bad in comparison to him.
Not because he wanted to earn brownie points with God.
He was who he was due to a great transformation of God’s grace. He ministered out of the power given to him by God due to his grace. He held in high standing the responsibility of stewarding such grace. The grace that transformed him and made him into a vessel that God could use for His glory.
I can often get caught up in what I want to do and accomplish in ministry, and why i don’t have certain gifts or influence like someone else. When i do this i miss the God factor. The fact that what we are allowed to do or accomplish is all due to God’s grace.
I want to pound it my head to really know and understand as much as i can this side of Heaven.
I want it injected it in my heart so its not just knowledge but heartfelt lived out with fruit.
*This is my sixth week going through the bible study Glorious Grace. Excited about what God is revealing and anticipating what is to come. You can read my takeaway from wk 1- A Great Transformation; Wk 2 – Gloriously Complete, Wk 3 – An Accurate View, Wk 4 – Walking in Them: Good Works, Wk 5 – To Be Brought Near