Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 3:8
“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints . . . grace was given.”
Paul freely acknowledged that he received his apostleship purely as a result of God’s undeserved favor. God used Paul’s testimony to encourage me at a time when I most keenly felt my complete unworthiness to write on the subject of personal holiness.
So is all ministry—whether teaching a children’s Sunday school class, witnessing to inmates at the local prison, or preaching to thousands of people each Sunday—performed by the grace of God by people who are unworthy to be doing it?
Harry Blamires had an incisive answer to that question: “In the upshot there is only one answer for the preacher who wonders whether he is worthy to preach the sermon he has composed or for the writer who wonders whether he is worthy to write the religious book he is working on. The answer is: of course not. To ask yourself: am I worthy to perform this Christian task? Is really the peak of pride and presumption. For the very question carries the implication that we spend most of our time doing things we are worthy to do. We simply do not have that kind of worth.”
In Romans 12:6, Paul described us as “having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.” He was referring to spiritual gifts enabling believers to fulfill God-appointed ministry or service in the body of Christ. But note that Paul said these spiritual gifts are given according to God’s grace, not according to what we deserve. The Greek word for a spiritual gift is charisma, which means “a gift of God’s grace,” whether it is the gift of eternal life as in Romans 6:23 or the gift of a spiritual ability for use in the body. (Excerpt taken from Transforming Grace)
Source: Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges