Paul begins this letter, as he does with so many of his letters, by declaring that he is a messenger who is sent by the “will of God”. It was vital for Paul to know that he was who he was and was doing what he was doing because God had called him to it. That knowledge gave him confidence, courage and comfort through the ups and downs of his life. Is there anything that you and I can apply to our own lives here? Maybe it feels like we can’t. Paul was an exception. He received a visit from Jesus in a blinding light on the road to Damascus. He experienced miraculous manifestations of the Holy Spirit that feel so far from the routine of our lives. But do you think that God was any less involved in your coming to trust and follow His Son than he was in Paul’s salvation? We don’t say it, but sometimes we act as though: “God really cared about saving and using Paul! Me? Well … with me, He probably farmed it out to one of his lesser angels.” Child of God, nothing could be further from the truth. God is every bit as personally invested and involved in your salvation and in the mission of your life as He was in Paul’s life. As we go on through this letter to Ephesus, we will see just how integral to God’s plan we have always been. This means that our lives really mean something important in the greater plan of God. Don’t let the world convince you of anything less.