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I Am The Least Among You

John Collins12/06/2012In Ephesians 3, Paul uplifts the church by lowering himself before them.

Though he had great spiritual gifts, he did not tell them how great his powers were.  He did not come before them with statements of how the Word of God only came to the powerful, or tell of the mighty things God had done through him.  Doing so would have been counter-productive to God's plan of pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh.

Paul said, "I am the very least of all the saints."

He told them that he wished that every one of them had the full power of Christ within them, and that they would charge forward with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Paul said that for the sake of the Gospel, he bowed his knees before the Father.  He asked the Father of every family in heaven and earth to strengthen them with the power through His Holy Spirit.  He prayed that God would pour out His Spirit according to His riches in Glory.

He did not want them founded in mysteries, prophesies, or hidden truths.  Paul asked that they be rooted and grounded in love.  Paul wanted them to know this love of Christ intimately so that they could be filled with all the fullness of God.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Where is our foundation?  Do we have love for all, from the lowest sinner to the most faithful saint?  Do we follow after men who teach great ones among us, or do we follow Paul who lifted up each name under heaven for themselves?  Have we been strengthened in Christ and His Word, or have we been strengthened in something else?