Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God….” vss. 8-9aEphesians 3:1-12
Paul was well-versed in the scriptures and believed that he understood the nature and will of God, but an encounter with the Risen Christ wiped all that confidence from his mind. As he grappled with the hiddenness of God, he was forced to reconsider his old convictions, and as he struggled, the mystery of God’s will was revealed to him. God does not play favorites, he told the Ephesians, and the grace of God has been poured out upon all people, including the Gentiles, and he had been called to announce that good news particularly to them. Many still struggle with the mystery of God’s hiddenness. To faithless eyes, our world can be understood without reference to God–for such persons it makes no sense even to speak of God. But when the Spirit of God touches hardened hearts, the mysteries of God are made clear, and we can experience the wonder of God’s unconditional love as revealed in Christ Jesus. And when that happens, like Paul, it is our privilege to let others in on the secret–and if they don’t listen, well, at least they will have heard, and it never hurts anyone, even unbelievers, to know that they are loved!
Thought for the Day: With whom can I share the good news?