Ephesians 3:8-11 (NLT)
8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. 9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. 10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Apostle Paul is writing to the Ephesians explaining the purpose in life God gave to him. Paul said he had the privilege of telling the Gentiles about Christ and the wondrous treasures Christ brings into our lives. He explains how God had this purpose planned out. It was to use the church to show God’s wisdom and glory to all those who abide in the heavenly places. This eternal plan He carried out through His son Jesus Christ.
During World War II one of the most inspiring events was not a battle, but a retreat. In June of 1940, from the northern beaches around Dunkirk France 338,682 men were evacuated. Two thirds of them were British troops while the other third were allied soldiers. Winston Churchill called it a “miracle of deliverance”. These men were surrounded by Hitler’s army, pushed back to the ocean and facing certain death or capture. The large battleships were unable to come close enough to rescue these men. Their defeat would mean the overrun of England by the Germans. Suddenly there appeared a fleet of the most unlikely rescuers. From the streams of Kent and Dover appeared trawlers, tug boats, scows, fishing boats, lifeboats, pleasure craft, coasters, ferries and other various crafts all manned by civilian volunteers. This strange ragtag armada ferried thousands of men to the destroyers which could not enter the shallow waters. Each unusual vessel was able to fulfill the purpose of rescuing these men. Think about this in reference to the church. God has pulled together various people, some weak, some limited, some strong, some very different from others to carry out His purpose of salvation. We should never underestimate the purpose which God has given the church. Like the unusual armada that rescued the soldiers the diversity of the church is able to step out and rescue many who are backed up against sin. We all are like the civilian volunteers, we are a part of the purpose to rescue others from the hands of Satan.