By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Ephesians 3:7
At the time, I didn’t see it as such, but later I realized it was a privilege.
I wasn’t born a PK (preacher’s kid), but I became one shortly thereafter. By the time I was nine years old, I was well indoctrinated. Things were different for my family than they were for other people. We always lived near the church, and church folks popped in randomly. We lived under the microscope. Since I was the preacher’s kid, I was expected to act differently than other kids—no sassing my parents, taking up bad habits, or being rebellious. Those restrictions seemed like a curse to me, but I later discovered it was a privilege to grow up with Christian parents, Christian friends, and an extended church family who made sure I remained on track. I didn’t deserve it; it was a privilege.
Paul was reared in a legalistic, religious home. Freedom came after he met Christ and discovered life’s real meaning. God gave Paul the privilege of serving Him and spreading the good news to those who didn’t know it.
As God’s child, I possess the privilege of telling others about Christ. Although it’s also my responsibility, it’s not one I drudgingly carry out. Being privileged to do something means I’m able to do something not all people are allowed to do. Only believers can share the gospel because only believers have special news to share. God will give me the opportunities to share; I simply have to be sensitive to His Spirit’s guidance. Along with the opportunities, He gives courage, power, and ability. I share with confidence, not fear. Through sharing, by whatever means I choose, God’s love is communicated to others. Conversations that indicate I care, an invitation for supper, kind deeds, a thinking-of-you card, and random texts are all ways to spread God’s love.
What are you doing with the privilege God has given you? Make yourself available, and watch what He does through you.
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by Martin Wiles
Martin Wiles is a minister, author, English teacher, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of six books, including his two latest, Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He has been published in a number of periodicals, books, and newspapers. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.