I WILL BE THEIR GOD
Eph. Amp. 3:8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints (God’s consecrated people), this grace (favor, privilege) was granted and graciously entrusted: to proclaim to the Gentiles the unending (boundless, fathomless, incalculable, and exhaustless) riches of Christ [wealth which no human being could have searched out],
This is one of my favorite passages of scripture, especially in the Amplified Bible. Paul describes in this verse the incalculable riches found in the message of God’s grace. He seems to be almost surprised at God’s choice of him, the chief of sinners, to preach this indescribable message. Some people almost act as if they deserve the grace of God. Paul recognized that his life fell far short of God’s standard of righteousness, his only hope was this boundless message of grace. He felt as if He was the most fortunate man alive. Charles Spurgeon, known as the prince of preachers, tries desperately to explain the un explainable, even he falls woefully short. Check out his words.
” I will be their God. Here is a deep sea of bliss, a shoreless ocean of delight; come, bathe thy spirit in it; swim an age, and thou shalt find no shore; dive throughout eternity, and thou shalt find no bottom. I will be their God. If this do not make thine eyes sparkle, and thy heart beat high with bliss, then assuredly thy soul is not in a healthy state. But thou wantest more than present delights-thou cravest something concerning which thou mayest exercise hope; and what more canst thou hope for than the fulfilment of this great promise, I will be their God? This is the masterpiece of all the promises; its enjoyment makes a heaven below, and will make a heaven above. Dwell in the light of thy Lord, and let thy soul be always ravished with his love. Get out the marrow and fatness which this portion yields thee. Live up to thy privileges, and rejoice with unspeakable joy.”
Actually, the Holy Spirit is this boundless ocean that Spurgeon is trying desperately to explain. Throughout the ages men and women of God have experienced the outpouring of His presence. The end result, they become preachers of the grace of God like Paul. Trying to track the untraceable caught up in a search that never ends. For me, it started in a simple conversation one night on the lakefront in New Orleans. Almost 40 years later I am still trying to comprehend what happened that night, still on my quest to proclaim the gospel of His grace to whomsoever will. Who knows the whys and the wherefores of the grace of God. All I know is that I have been captured by something bigger than me, someone with a plan far beyond anything I can begin to understand. Paul never thought in his wildest dreams that he would preach Christ to the gentiles, unthinkable. For me on the lakefront in 1973, I never dreamed in a million lifetimes that I would be a preacher. Now, along with countless others, I am tracking the untrackable and swimming in this bottomless ocean of God’s love.