I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
Paul’s calling is not my calling. But, Lord, I have a calling from You and it bears all the same marks as Paul’s calling. I have been made a minister or servant by You for a task that fits with the gift of grace you have given me. Your power has wrought in me a manifestation or outworking of some facet of Your abilities. This is so that I can minister in Your name and in Your power to all those to whom You send me.
I am not worthy of this calling. I am the least of all the saints. I am a saint, a holy one, chosen by You to bear Your name. But I did nothing of merit to earn this calling to serve others. Serving is a privilege You granted me in love and grace.
In whatever way You’ve gifted me to serve I also must announce the unfathomable riches of Christ. I have not been able to plumb their depths but I have experienced His riches on countless occasions.
Thank You for revealing this mystery of life for all in the Jewish Messiah. Thanks for making Jesus a Savior to all. Thank You for letting lowly ones such as me have the great opportunity of making known Your multifaceted wisdom through the church to the spirit beings, angels and demons, who have authority in heavenly places. I count it an honor to be a testimony to Your wisdom and grace.