By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading for the day: Ephesians 3
Scripture Quote: “Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.” Ephesians 3:8 (NLT)
We can all relate to the feeling of being the least Christian because without God’s Grace and Christ’s sacrifice none of us would be able to do God’s will. Gentile and Jew, all have equal share in the riches inherited by God’s children.
God’s Word is a two edged sword that mirrors and pierces directly into our inner lives. Our sinfulness and helplessness are completely exposed and we are shown our need for Grace. Once we see ourselves as we really are, we long for Jesus to cleanse us with His righteousness.
We should ask daily for God’s will to be revealed to us and faithfully perform the unique role each of us is to play in God’s plan. His Grace truly is sufficient. His love is total and reaches every area of our existence as we give it permission to abide in us and take control of us.
Meditation for the day: “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us, and the change is painful.” Flannery O’Connor
Memory Verse: “This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ came into the world to save sinners – and I was the worst of them.” I Timothy 1:15 (NLT)