Read those two again! Do you hear Paul’s heart regarding this “calling” to preach the gospel? So often we hear the phrase from those in ministry refer to their work as a “calling” which it is, but that alone misses the real heart of what we are “set apart” to do. Proclaiming “the unsearchable riches of Christ” is an immeasurable privilege! The whole process of being “made a minister” of the gospel is a “gift of God’s grace”! It is not the result of education, denomination, status or rank. IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD!
In addition to knowing that this ministry was a “gift of God’s grace”, Paul felt totally unworthy for this role, yet, “this grace was given” to him. The power of this truth emboldened and propelled Paul to let the Holy Spirit drive his life, even enduring unbelievable suffering, so that the message would reach the Gentiles. This vision of what God had done in His life never left Paul. To the very last day in a Roman prison, Paul “proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:31).
This makes me feel very small alongside Paul, but compelled to follow his model. What about you?