STEWARDS OF GOD’S GRACE

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1-6

“For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus in behalf of your Gentiles — assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation.” (Ephesians 3:1-3)

We have seen how amazing God’s grace is. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Paul had been given a special calling by God. He was to take the message of God’s grace in Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. The gospel had been assigned to Paul in sacred trust. God revealed the gospel to him. The gospel is not a man-made religion; it is a revelation from God. Thus, Paul wrote about “the stewardship of God’s grace.”

All believers have been given this stewardship of God’s grace — “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (I Corinthians 5:18,19).

God has entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation, that is the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20). God has entrusted the gospel to us. We are stewards of God’s grace and, therefore, we are responsible to share it with others. Think of it! God uses us in the process of building His Church. He makes His appeal THROUGH US to other people!

Jesus tells us that we are to be light in a world that is filled with darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). He says no one would take a lamp and hide it under a bed. Instead he would put it on a lamp stand to give light to the whole room — “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

We are stewards of God’s grace. We have been entrusted with the gospel and we are responsible to God how we handle the message of grace. He calls us to be faithful stewards of His grace on behalf of those who do not have it. We are His ambassadors here on earth and God makes His appeal to those who do not have the gospel through us.

Lord Jesus, thank You for bringing the gospel of grace to bear upon my life. Now that I am a recipient of that grace, I have a responsibility to share it with others. You have called me to be a steward of Your grace. I pray that you give me an opportunity today to be an ambassador for You.

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