1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you … (Ephesians 3).
This letter, along with letters to the Philippians and Colossians, as well as to his friend Philemon, were written while under house arrest in Rome around 60-62 A.D. (Acts 28: 30-31). Thus, during those years as a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus, Paul learned to think of himself as being “the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of … Gentiles.”
It was all a part of “the stewardship of God’s grace” on their behalf. A steward was someone placed in charge of an estate to make sure of its prosperity. In the same way, God had made Paul a steward of His grace so that the Gospel would spread to the Gentiles. It is one thing to be made a steward of wealth, how much more to be a steward of God’s grace!
Lord, You have made us all stewards of Your grace in Christ Jesus. Help us This Day to perform this job well, considering ourselves even in bonds to do so. Amen.