7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages inGod, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
In verses 7-10, Paul is talking about his personal mission. He talks about how it is God’s doing that he was made a minister, and even refers to himself as “the very least of all the saints”. God has given us His spirit, and through that spirit we are made worthy. Not because of our own doing, but because of what Christ did for us. Our qualifications for sharing the gospel are that we’ve received the gospel.
It is important that each and every one of us are sharing our faith. The enemy will try to convince that we don’t know enough to share, that we’re unsure ourselves if its true, or that we’re afraid we won’t know what to say. If you are a Christian, the power of Christ lives within you. Lean on that power. Trust in God, “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”
Lastly, Paul is telling his readers to not let his situation of house arrest dishearten them. We should not be disheartened by the trials that come to others. 2 Corinthians 4: 16 tells us “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” Through Paul’s suffering, he is being made more like Christ. We shouldn’t be disheartened by that. We will all face different struggles in life, and we need to trust that not only does God have our best interest in mind, but those we care about as well.
We are extending our weekly challenge by another week because we want to see you recreate some old paintings. Be as creative as you can in recreating these works of art. We will put together all of the submissions and show them on Tuesday when we declare the winner. You can submit your photo 3 different ways: on our Facebook page (facebook.com/thechapelyouth), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or tagging us in an Instagram post @thechapelyouth. Please submit your photos no later than Monday. Choose from one of the three photos below, or do all three. We’re looking forward to seeing what you can come up with!