Paul was a man who knew he had been appointed, and anointed, by God.
He had been chosen to carry out a role by God, under the authority and headship of Jesus.
This is what He is saying in the first verse of Ephesians; he is giving the church his credentials.
God has chosen him and now he is working for Jesus Christ.
The wonderful truth is that being chosen is not just for the “super doopers” in the church; this truth is for every single one of us.
In the Word we see God having a plan and purpose for many of His followers, for example Joseph, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Paul to name but a few.
Also in the Word we see that God is “no respecter of persons”, that means that He has no favourites.
What God does for one person He will do for all.
So if He had a plan and purpose for Paul He has a plan and purpose for you.
I am blessed to be able to say, “Vic, a pastor and teacher of Jesus Christ by the will of God”.
You can also say the same; just replace the role title with what God has for you.
Yes, you may not be a pastor like me, you may not have a ministry that changed the world like Paul, but you do have a role in the church and in the world.
You may say you are an encourager (that is a ministry) or a helper (that is also a ministry); you may say that you set up church on a Sunday morning (that too is an essential ministry).
Whatever you have been chosen to do, you can do it for Jesus.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me and thank you that you have a plan and purpose for me in your church”.
Ephesians 1 v 1…..Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus