Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. Ephesians 3: 8-9
When Paul describes himself as “the least deserving of all God’s people,” he means that without God’s help, he would never be able to do God’s work. Yet God chose him to share the Good News with the Gentiles and gave him the power to do it. Sometimes we focus on our limitations instead of our limitlessness. Do we self-limit ourselves? Are there things God wants us to do, equips us to do, makes opportunities available for us to do, whispers to us to do but we don’t? When we don’t, we are limiting God. We are living in our limitations instead of limitlessness. We want to experience limitless living with God. Paul realized he could limit himself by continuing to think of himself as “the least deserving of all God’s people.” How might the entire course of the Early Church have changed if Paul had focused on his limitations? This is somber thought! Thank goodness Paul chose not to limit himself but to experience limitless living. Paul moved from limitations to limitlessness. He went from limited to unlimited when he allowed God to work through him as he traveled the world for Christ, as he started churches, and as he encouraged others in their faith journey.
What is the connection between the following verse and living a limitless life?
When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48
· God gives us much.
· God expects much.
· If God gives and God expects, doesn’t he also equip?
Paul says he was “chosen to explain to everyone.” God gave him skills, abilities, and gifts. Then God chose a mission for him, and God expected the mission to be fulfilled. Paul had a choice. He accepted the mission, proclaimed the message, and he embraced his ministry. As a result, the Good News spread around the world.
How far might the Good News spread if we accept our mission, proclaim the message, and embrace our own ministry?
It will be fun to watch what happens will limitless living!