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Friday, 15 August 2014

Ephesians 3:1-3

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles. Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

If we know anything about God we know it because He revealed it to us out of grace. And such revelation is not only for our own benefit and delight but for others. God chose to tell Paul about his plan for salvation amongst the Gentiles not to puff up Paul's ego or provide opportunity for him to show off newfound knowledge but so that he might give such knowledge away. Do we view what we know of God this way? If God has graciously revealed to us that he is our Dad do we seek to share that wonder with others? For such revelation is given that it might be given away: a gift to the fatherless by one who now knows what it is to be in God's family.

It is easy to be envious of the specificity of Paul's call. How often do we long for a written in the sky, flashing neon light moment of revelation where God tells us exactly what to do? And yet, when God gives revelation it might not be a popular or welcomed message that we are called to pass on. Paul's revelation and his sharing of it put him in prison. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. All sent to speak a painful message to a rebellious people unwilling to listen, asked to speak words regardless of whether the hearers heeded them or not. You only need look at Hosea to know that obedience to revelation may take incredible courage and have unwelcome consequences. And yet grace is administered not only in the message but also gives us the means to speak it. Micah is given the power to declare Israel's sin. Micah 3.8. We do not give away our revelation on our own. Words are promised and provided. And so, scatter seeds of what God has given with abundance today.

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