Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Susan Icenhour:

For others, please use this devotion.

Our text for today is Ephesians 3:1-13.

I want to focus on Ephesians 3:7-8

7 By God’s special gift of grace, I became a servant to tell that Good News. God gave me that grace through his power. 8 I am the least important of all God’s people. But God gave me this gift—to tell the non-Jewish people the Good News about the riches of Christ. Those riches are too great to understand fully.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus. He wrote the book while he was in jail. In verses 7 and 8 he confesses that it is a gift of Grace that he became a servant to share the good news of Christ.

For me, Paul is one of the heroes of the New Testament. He was once a persecutor of the early church. After his dramatic conversion he shared the Gospel with everyone. He felt this was his gift.

So often in life it is easy to go through our daily motions and miss those opportunities to share the Gospel. Paul had a unique gift of boldness in sharing the Gospel. His boldness, reminds me of someone I knew in Virginia, Mary Lou. Mary Lou was one of those charismatic people who could turn any encounter with a stranger into an opportunity to share God’s love with them. She would tell stories of traveling and striking up a conversation with someone and then leading them to Christ. I often marveled at her gift of sharing Christ so easily and boldly.

My conversion moment isn’t as dramatic as Paul’s but it is still just as important. We have all been given that Grace from God that Paul talks about. That Grace to share the good news of Christ. Some may have the gift of boldness to share it in a way like my friend Mary Lou. Others, like me, may share it quietly. Both are methods are equally as important.

What is your gift for sharing the Gospel? How did you use it? I would encourage you today to reflect on your own gift. Who in your life needs to hear the Good News about Jesus? Pray for an opportunity, then share the gospel.