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From Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. To God’s people who live in Ephesus and are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
Paul begins his letter to the Ephesian Christians by telling them that God had chosen him to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. You see, being an apostle is not something you can choose for yourself. No one can say, "now that I am a follower of Jesus I think I will be an apostle like Paul."
God's calling for Paul to be an apostle was a very special thing that God wanted him to do with his life. That "special thing" was not a position of power and glory here on this earth. The call was rather to sacrifice himself for the Gospel of Jesus. Paul answered that call and spent the rest of his life living every moment in relationship with Jesus.
God's plans for Paul led him on a journey of daily service to Jesus that brought the Kingdom of God to the lives of countless millions of people over the past 2000 years!
God has plans for my life and yours just as He had for Paul. Paul could not have known how his life would be used to spread the Gospel throughout the centuries and you cannot know what your faithful obedience to Jesus will produce in the lives of others!
Your job is to plant the Seeds of Righteousness by being obedient and faithful in every moment of this and every day.
"Lord Jesus, help me to know that You have plans for me today. Give me the courage to say 'Yes' to every prompting of Your Spirit. And may You be praised forever. Amen."