This past Sunday, Paul used this phrase about himself. When you stop and think about how that came about in his life it is remarkable indeed. The first time we encounter Paul (Saul of Tarsus) is in Acts 7 where Stephen is being stoned to death for his witness of Christ,
"and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul." It is hard to imagine that Saul of Tarsus would become the great Apostle to the Gentiles from reading this narrative.
Saul was no doubt a Hebrew scholar, taught by the foremost teachers of his day. He knew the depth of the Old Testament perhaps like no other. The problem, he had never made the connection of the prophecies relating to Jesus. Once this connection was made on the Damascus road the "mystery" of Christ shone in his heart like the blazing sun. From that moment on Paul was perhaps one of the most ardent defenders of the faith that has ever lived.
Many believers fail to recognize that we are ministers in the same way. While not all preach, teach or fill another position like this we tasked with the same responsibility. We have the task of making Jesus know to the world in which we live. The great importance is that we become so immersed in our relationship with Christ that we desire to "
make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
So the question is, "Do I live my life to minister for Christ?" Is my life so immersed in knowing Him that I am doing everything that I can to live out my relationship with Him. May we all be ready to study and dig deep in the truth of the Scripture so that we can say, "I became a minister" too.