“Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.” (Ephesians 3:7-13)
Paul always wanted to encourage others to continue in the faith. He loved the cities in which he ministered and planted churches and Ephesus was no exception. In this letter to the Ephesians, Paul shared again with them of the mission that he was called to do by God. He was given this mission by God to share the Gospel. It is God working in and through Paul that this is accomplished. And even though there were hardships and struggles, Paul wanted the Ephesians to not be discouraged.
This says a lot about the love and concern that Paul had. Even though he was the one that was suffering, he didn’t want others to be discouraged by the things he was going through. I’m sure there were moments where he was discouraged but yet he persevered because he trusted God and the message he was given to share.
This week let us encourage one another to be faithful to message we’ve been given to share. Let us love one another and build one another up. And let us persevere in the faith. God loves us and is there for us. He will always be there for us and will help us to endure.