Wow. A deep Sister in Christ just quoted this portion of scripture… powerful phrase, no?! Here it is in several English translations.
Paul writes the Ephesian church:
the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you -ESV
the administration of God’s grace which was given to me for you -NAS
the stewardship of God’s grace that was entrusted to me [to share with you] for your benefit -AMP
The context is the grace of God in Christ, salvation in and from HIM via Paul who was among His chosen people the Jews to, that is toward and for His other, also chosen people (all nations) and the unmerited favor of God for the gentiles.
If this is not our heart towards those unlike us with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic situation, spirituality I suggest we have:
-A lot of knowledge and wisdom to seek out and grow in
-A deeper level of obedience needed toward the one we proclaim our Lord and Savior
-Areas of repenting we must attend to (ours, not merely “theirs”)
-Facing the reality of our own need to change, sacrifice and pay the price of scripture-based Christian love and discipleship, especially in our witness of Jesus toward others
As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn