I believe that God has a plan for everyone. Actually, I believe that He has multiple plans for everyone. First and foremost, His plan is that we would come to Him through Christ Jesus. He wants all of us to be forgiven and cleansed from our sins and to follow Him. He loves us and wants to spend eternity with us (think about that for a few minutes - God wants to spend eternity with you!). But, I also believe that as individuals He has created us to be unique because He wants us to partner with Him in ministry. He wants us to be obedient to the call He placed on our hearts and to follow Him where He leads us using the unique personality He gave us. Please read Ephesians 3:6-9.
Paul reiterates the plan that he wrote about in Ephesians 1 which is that both Jews and Gentiles who believe Christ will be a part of a great inheritance. A few weeks ago, we learned how God is our inheritance, our portion. He reminds us that we become part of one body (which we learned last week that this unity is unlike anything that had ever been done before). We are also told in verse 6 that we will share in blessings that we will receive as His children. God's plan for us as a body of believers is great!
But this section of scripture also teaches us how God had a plan for Paul to reveal God's great plan. Paul shows us that while God has a big-picture plan for us, He also has plans on how He wants to use individuals to be a part of His work. I first want to point out what an amazing thing this is because God doesn't need to use us; He is God and can do it all Himself. He wants us be a part of His work - isn't that incredible!? For Paul, this means that he was to be the one to reveal God's amazing plan to the Gentiles. In verse 7, we see that Paul views this as a privilege to serve God in such a way. The word translated as serving in verse 7 is the Greek word, diakonos. Diakonos means "one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister," (see footnote 1). I know what a servant is; however, it caught my attention worded in this way. God's plan for each of us as individuals is different, yet there is an over-riding theme that we are to do what He commands.
Do you notice that minister was one of the definitions? I find it interesting that servant and minister are synonymous in the definition of this word. When we are executing God's commands, we are His ministers. I don't know if I can express this the way I am feeling it, but God wants each and every one of us to follow Him into a ministry that He has uniquely planned for us. In Ephesians 2 we learned that God planned for us to do good works for Him as a result of the salvation we received. When we are doing the good things God planned for us (whether big or small) we are His servants and ministers. I hope that this sounds big to you, because it is!
Are you ready to take your place in service to the King of Kings?
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