The Divine Prompting Within

 

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,Ephesians 3:8  

When Paul was writing this portion of Scripture, by the leading and direction of God, he knew that he was in his estimation, comparatively far less than other saints. That reference to “least of all saints” literally means “comparatively far less” in the Greek language. Yet, Paul, having that estimation of himself moves forward with the work and calling that God had for him to preach.  

Think for a moment about what our lives would have been like without Paul. This wonderfully directed man of God wrote many of the books of the New Testament. He had the courage and bravery by the power of the Holy Spirit to tell us things that to this day we do not want to hear; yet, need so badly. God had a mission for Paul and many have been blessed because he was obedient to follow the path which that mission led him to follow.  

Now let me ask you – What mission does God have for you? Will you follow the path which will lead you to God’s purpose for you? Will you do it despite what you might think of yourself and your ability?  

Paul knew he did not have the ability, but Paul knew the guy with the ability, God, the Almighty, Himself. If you belong to Jesus you know the guy with the ability as well. Paul knew it was done by the “grace” of God and he said so. Whatever, God has for you to do will also be done by His “grace.”  

Now let us take a moment to see what that word ‘grace’ in this context means in the Greek language. Take special note of the parts of the definition which I have placed in bold marking and underlined. 

Grace –

5485.   cavri” charis, khar´-ece; from 5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstr. or concr.; lit., fig., or spiritual; espec. the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; incl. gratitude):— acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, worthy).

 

The grace, which Paul spoke of, was that divine influence upon the heart to act and to have that action reflected in some form of his life. He preached to reflect that grace and divine influence within Him. God places within people His divine influence, in the hopes that they will obey the prompting and allow that obedience to be reflected in their lives; through their area of service to the Body of Christ and to the World as a whole. He then grants the gifts, favor, and abilities needed for them to do just that and fulfill their purpose. 

Now I ask you – – Will you fulfill you purpose? Will you submit to that divine prompting within, and obey?

March 9th, 2007 – Friday

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