Ephesians 3:1-6    Click here for Bible Verses

Hi GAMErs!

Today’s passage is Ephesians 3:1-6.  Let’s go!

Ephesians 3:1 (NIV)
1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– 

On verse 1:  Paul was writing this letter to the Ephesian church while he was in prison — most likely in Rome or in Caesarea — for preaching the Gospel.  Up to this point Paul had focused his ministry on reaching Gentiles (non-Jews) with the gospel message.  That is why Paul refers to himself as “I, Paul, a prisoner for Jesus Christ on behalf of you Gentiles” (v1 English Standard Version).

Likewise, no matter what title you may currently have or what job you do, may you also be clear on whom you are living for and whom you are called to serve.  For example:

– If you are an artist, see yourself as an artist for Christ, here to serve and inspire your audience to see Jesus.

– If you are a businessman, see yourself as a businessman for Christ, here to make money to finance operations in God’s kingdom and here to represent Christ to those you work with.

– If you are a parent, see yourself as parenting for Christ, here to serve and raise up your children to know and love Jesus.

– If you are a student, see yourself as a student for Christ, here to represent Jesus in your school both by the way you live and study as well as what you say.

When you know whom you are living for and whom you are called to serve, every day becomes full of purpose.

Ephesians 3:2-6 (NIV)
 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.
 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

On verses 2-6:  In these verses Paul speaks about a “mystery” that God had revealed to him.  What mystery is that?  It’s that the gospel message about Jesus Christ was for Gentiles (non-Jews) as much as it was for Jews.  For centuries prior to Paul’s ministry, the Jewish people did not fully get that God was trying to reach Gentiles as well as Jews, even though much of the Old Testament does talk about God’s heart for all nations.  It was in Paul’s generation of apostles (that is, church planters) and prophets that they began to express God’s heart for the nations like never before.

Lord Jesus, like Paul, may I always clear on whom I’m living for and whom I’m here to serve.  May I carry out the job, the profession, the business, the role and the responsibilities that You have let me have in this season all for You and Your glory.  And may I do a great job of serving those whom You’ve called me to serve.  Because You are the One I’m living for, today is a day full of purpose, hope and opportunity.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!