Today we are going to look at Paul’s greeting in Ephesians.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
I love the way Paul starts this letter. Paul begins by describing himself as “an apostle of Christ Jesus”. According to the notes in the NIV Study Bible, an apostle is “one specially commissioned by Christ”. What a beautiful way to describe yourself first and foremost as an apostle of Jesus Christ. What is the first thing you tell people about yourself? Do you tell people you are a follower of Christ first or do you describe yourself by your job or your relationships? Most of us describe ourselves by what we do, I’m a teacher, I’m an engineer, I’m a secretary, etc. The other way we usually describe ourselves is by our family relationships, I’m Bill’s wife, I’m Allison and Emily’s mom, etc.
In describing himself right off the bat as an apostle, Paul is making it clear what his priority is. He is someone who sees his main responsibility as serving Christ. Where does serving Christ fall on your priority list? Do you seek Him first thing in the morning to see what He has for you each day? Does your to-do list already look so full that you don’t have any time for Him today? Maybe we need to rethink the way we plan our days and find ways to include more conversation time with the Lord. For example, praying in the car, while you are working out or while you are getting ready. Talking to God during the regular routines of our day is one way to stay in touch with Him.
Paul says he is “an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God”. He acknowledges being an apostle is God’s will for his life. It is His will for our lives as well. As believers, we are all called to serve Him. How can you serve God today? Sometimes it is in the small things we do that really make the biggest impact on others. Who do you need to lift in prayer today? Who do you need to encourage today? Remember that you are “specially commissioned by Christ” and He will empower you to do His work. Be a blessing to someone today!
All Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Quote from “NIV Study Bible”, 1987, Zondervan