Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3: 20 – 21
I have heard these statements many times and I’m sure you have too, but still we can’t wrap our minds around who our amazing God truly is: “God is not confined to the box of our imaginations. God will not be defined or limited to our boundaries, our limits, and our parameters. God is bigger than our box.”
There are no words that can adequately express all of who our God is and all of what He can do. And no verse says it more beautifully than this one in Ephesians.
It’s one of my favorites, and if you read it carefully, you realize that we so often overlook this very significant characteristic of God – and that is, that He has the power to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or even imagine. We have a God who can and wants to do amazing things among us.
Billy Graham once said, “Heaven is full of answers to prayers that we have never prayed.” We tend to only expect so much of God and we don’t take all our cares, concerns, hurts, needs, or desires before Him. We need an expanded vision of who God is and what things He can accomplish in us and through us. There is no limit to His love, no boundaries to His grace, His mercy, His goodness, His compassion, and His faithfulness to us.
With no limits, can you even begin to imagine what he could do with our lives, our hearts, our love, our talents, our marriages, our families, our jobs, our futures, our challenges, our weaknesses, our problems, our heartache, and our disappointments if we turned them all over to Him? It would be infinitely beyond all our expectations, beyond our hopes and dreams. And all He asks is that we bring them to Him in faith, and let Him show us what He can do.
He is the power and strength we need, and we can have the confidence and assurance of knowing He can do amazing things not only in us, but through us. The power God uses is already in us – His very Spirit, His essence, and His divine being. He uses it to do things through us individually that we couldn’t possibly ever do on our own.
And through those things, others are able to see His glory in us and will hopefully want the love and grace He has to offer. But His power is also intended to work among us collectively in His body of believers, referred to in this verse as the church. “Paul says God demonstrates His magnificence, His power, His awesome, radiant splendor through the church – through those of us who call Him our Savior and Lord.”
He will fulfill His purpose in us and give us the grace and peace to know what is best and He will be with us as we travel this journey with Him. God longs to answer our prayers, to show a watching world how He can transform hearts and lives, and most of all, He longs to do great things among us and through us – more than we can ever imagine.
On this Lord’s Day, may we give Him honor, praise, and glory for His infinite love and boundless grace.
Dear Lord, thank you that we can bring all our requests, large and small, to you and you will hear us. May we wake every morning with the prayer, “Lord, do something today that is above and beyond what we could ever imagine in our own lives and in our world for we know you have the power to do so”. Thank you for your spirit that lives in us and empowers us to do things that seem impossible. Be with us and our families as we seek to know you and love you more. Amen