Ephesians 3:2-3 (NIV) – Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation.
“Trauma shapes us, but grace shapes us even more… God’s grace comes first and is always the foundational reality. Time may be required to deal with the damage caused or experienced, but the crucial fact is that our histories do not deserve ultimate defining force. To give something other than our past ultimate defining force is the first step to healing. Only God revealed in Christ merits being the ultimate defining force of our lives…God is in the business of restructuring identities for all willing to be changed… We are never so separated from God by our histories that we are precluded from our real selves, from being who we should be… This transformation of histories is the focus of Ephesians, an identity-formation document if there ever was one.” [Klyne Snodgrass, Who God Says You Are]
No matter what we have experienced in our past – good or bad – today, we can ask God for transforming grace to reign in our lives once again. Let us pray for God’s grace to bring healing and freedom so that we can live effectively as ministers and pastors of this generation.
Let us also worship to the song “Build My Life” by Housefires (Click here).