God Uses People to Care for People
God’s Rich Variety – Part II
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:10-21
Key Verses: Ephesians 3:10-11 NLT
God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display His wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was His eternal plan, which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Here is a weird question: why did God make us to all to look and think differently? Why are there so many varieties of fruit trees, flowers, animals, and other living things?
We will never know all the answers to why God created life the way He did. But we all know and experience the wonderful variety of life… God is a god of great and impressive variety.
It is not a surprise that in the church, the Body of Christ, there are so many types of people and talents. The reason I want to remind us of these obvious facts is that it is one of the reasons that God uses people to care for people. For every need in the church there is a person that is well suited and spiritually gifted to meet that need. When a person has an unmet need, it is because one of God’s children is not keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul understood this and addressed it in Galatians 5:25:
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
After 44-plus years pastoring, I am convinced that the reason the church has so many needs going unmet is because God’s people enjoy the blessings of being saved but do not respond to the responsibilities that come with it.
As we have studied before, our salvation from sin is a gift that comes to us by faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith not only grants us forgiveness of sin but also a position in God’s eternal family. Although this position is a gift, once we have accepted it, we have responsibilities in God’s family.
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian Christ-followers says it perfectly:
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (Ephesian 2:8-10 NLT)
Focus on the last sentence in this verse: “…so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago”.
Have you said “yes” to God’s plans for you? If you have said “yes” to God saving you, be sure to say “yes” to the responsibilities that come with the being part of God’s family.
Father, I said “yes” to join Your family and I say “yes” to doing my part in Your family. Help me I pray. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.