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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ephesians 3:7

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of god's grace given me through the working of his power.

It is easy for me to think of being a servant of Christ - easy to think but not to act on - but I was stunned by this verse's insistence that it is the Good News that we are serving. The word, the gospel, is our master not simply Jesus. The word has a life of its own: spreading, flourishing, moving, returning at a rate that confounds authorities and overcomes opposition (Acts 4.17, 6.7, 12.24). Spreading is what the Good News does. We are not needed but graciously wanted, asked and equipped as co-labourers. We sow seeds, we speak words, we live, breathe, act Good News, but we do it in cooperation with God's grace, anointed and enabled by his power. And so what does this mean practically? For we are reading a practical book here. To be a servant is to receive orders, to act on behalf of, to work for, to give yourself in service of. And this is not just any old master. This Good News is radical, peacemaking, reconciling, accepting. A beautiful boss to be working for. And so what's our office? Where's our desk? What's on the don's agenda? We have been appointed a particular, peculiar, unique set of circumstances in which to serve this mighty word. Be an agent of good news today. Be a willing slave and listen out for your instructions.

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