Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
The manner-of-fact way that Paul stated his calling and then extended an invitation to the readers of his letter give credibility to his claim of God’s authorization of his mission. He made no emotional or dramatic appeals to his readers, rather he stated the facts plainly and simply. His ministry was under the command and authority of God.
It is by grace we are saved and by grace we are called and equipped to serve. No one of us has merited the right to appeal to others to believe in Christ; it is a matter of our commissioning by Christ and our obedience to Him. The call to serve is a call to humble submission to the Lord, letting Him use us as He desires. This realization is a liberating thing for us believers, for we now stand in His authority and power, and we are freed from trying to do make something happen on our own. It is God’s doing and God’s doing alone.
When we are obedient then others can find the liberating freedom of belonging to Christ. The most effective witness for Christ hides behind the cross of our Lord and lets Christ take the center stage. We are merely instruments in His hands but we do have His command given by His authority to speak and to share and to call and to invite others to find grace and freedom in Him.
Lord, we are weak but You are strong. Let us stand in Your strength and not our own, for Your strength is more than enough to conquer the greatest challenges. Amen.