3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
I’ve often thought the parable of the vineyard workers that Jesus tells in Matthew 20:1-16 a little unfair. The worker who works for only 1hr at the end of the day gets paid the same as the worker who has worked all day. But this passage in Ephesians reminds me that as a ‘gentile’ I am like that servant who only worked the final hour. Right at the beginning of the Old Testament God chose a family, Abraham’s family, to be His own. He walked with them for many hundreds of years, and though they were dysfunctional and disobedient at times they remained God’s people. God’s own son Jesus was born into that family.
And then, in an amazing act of grace, God opens His family up so that all can join it as fully fledged sons and daughters, not defined by a nationality or culture, but instead by sharing the One Spirit. Peoples who have never heard of God are invited to know Him in the same way Abrahams family have known Him for generations.
The ESV version calls Paul a steward of God’s grace to others. It is his responsibility to carry God’s grace to those who have never heard of it and share it. We are stewards of that same grace! Once we have experienced it, it is our responsibility to share it for the sake of those around us.
Lord thank you for inviting us to be part of your family. Help me to be a good steward of this precious gift of grace!
Written by Rhiannon Mellor