A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 1
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A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 2
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A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 1
February 19, 2013
A Look at Psalm 19 – Part 2
February 21, 2013

Ministers of the Gift of Grace

Sunrise at Daytona Beach 2012

Sunrise at Daytona Beach 2012

“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Ephesians 3:7

In a follow-up to my last devotional thought, God gave Paul the stewardship of the Gospel of Grace in particular to the Gentiles. For the distribution of that message of grace God made him a minister to the Gentiles.

We get the word deacon from the Greek word “diakonos.” As deacons, we serve the people. Paul considered himself a deacon—a servant to the lost. This ministry God gave to him as a gift of the grace of God.

Anything about grace is a gift. It is given through the effectual working of God’s power. Effectual working is a noun coming from the Greek “energeia.” You can tell by just looking at the word, that we get energy from it. This ministry of Paul’s was energized by the power of God. One more Greek word “dynamis” or power. This is God’s dynamite power—His awesome miracle-working power.

Paul said God made him a minister. He didn’t decide to minister. God made him a minister or deacon. God did this through the energizing dynamite power of God.

This is important because God has called everyone to minister or be a deacon. We have taken those meanings and institutionalized them. But God calls every believer  as a steward of what He has done for us and minister that to others.

He has made us ministers through His energizing dynamite power of God. “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6) We are ministers of His grace. That is the New Testament believer. We are ministering law but grace and we are doing it by God gift of amazing grace.