Ephesians 3:7, 8. (TPT) I have been made a messenger of this wonderful news by the gift of grace that work through me. Even though I am the least significant of all his holy believers, this grace-gift was imparted when the manifestation of his power came upon me. Grace alone empowers me so that I can boldly preach this wonderful message to non-Jewish people sharing with them the unfading, inexhaustible riches of Christ, which are beyond comprehension.
Paul points out in verse eight that he considers himself to be “least significant of all God’s holy believers.” This goes back to the opening verse of the epistle where he gives his name and office (See Eph.1:1). His name means “small” and his office means “one of highest rank.” The two can go together when you realize that in the natural you are nobody, but in the spiritual you are somebody. Paul considers in this verse that in the natural he is not worthy to be given the office of an apostle.
Paul considered himself to be the chief of sinners when he was outside the faith (1Tim. 1:15). In other words, he was on the top of the ladder. Now, as a believer, he considers himself to be on the bottom, “less than the least.” I want you to understand that you may have been the richest, most powerful, and most famous sinner on the face of the earth and are now the lowest member of the body of Christ, but you still took a step up. The lowest in God’s kingdom is a promotion from the best in Satan’s kingdom. Paul is humbled to be given the privilege of preaching “among the Gentiles the unfading, inexhaustible riches of Christ.”
Take a lesson from what Paul is saying. If you want to be used by God, don’t try to promote yourself. If you have a choice between taking the high seat or the low seat, take the low seat. You don’t need to promote yourself any more than David did as a shepherd. When it was time to find a king, God knew where David was, although Samuel did not. Men may not know where you are, but God does. When David humbled himself, God promoted him. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). If you try to do God’s job, He will have to do yours. If you try to exalt yourself, He will have to humble you. In the church today, it is amazing how many people want to preach from the pulpit but will not usher, teach class, or sweep the floor. Jesus told His disciples that when they were invited to a wedding they should not take the upper seats because someone more prominent might come along and ask them to move down. He told them to take the lowest seat so the host might say to them, “Friend, go up higher…For whosoever exalted himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:10-11). When you enter into ministry, start at the bottom. If you sense a call to the ministry but are not sure of the Lord’s timing, start where you are. Find a Sunday school class to teach, a counseling position, or a maintenance job. Whatever you can find to do, do it with all your might. (Read Matthew 25:21).
Go into today knowing that by being faithful in little things, you will be showing the Lord that He can trust you with larger responsibilities. Remember, operating in the lowest positions will help to create a servant’s heart within you, which God will always use and promote.
Prayer: Lord, I ask that you implant the mind of Christ in me, with grace to live in humility to the glory of your name.
—George Evuarherhe Djorhogba
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