Do we believe in the power of God? Do we believe that the God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead can raise us out of our spiritual death into a new, resurrected, and holy way of life? Do we believe that the God who freed His people from slavery in Egypt is able to break the chains of slavery to sin that daily choke out our joy and crush our souls? Do we believe that God is able to work great things in our lives as His Word promises? Is God able, or isn’t He? What do we believe?
In today’s brief passage (just two verses), Paul closes out the first half of his letter to the first century church (and us!) with a strong doxology, or short hymn of praise to God. In chapters 1-3, the apostle has passionately told his believing audience all about who they really are in Christ (blessed, chosen, loved, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, sealed, and spiritually alive!), praying that they would understand and take hold of these promises by faith. In chapters 4-6, Paul will describe how Christians’ new lives in Christ should look based on their new identities as God’s workmanship. To make this logical transition, Paul pauses to direct our attention to the power of God “to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Paul believed with all his being that God could transform our lives into the image of God’s Son. He believed that God could answer our prayers for the salvation of lost loved ones and our own growth in Christ. Do we share that faith? Do we believe this day that God is able to empower us to live like Jesus, not just once in awhile but every day? Can the Lord change our school into a place where the love of Christ can be seen in all of our hallways and classrooms every day? Do we believe that God is able? May we stay on our knees before God until we do!
The Text (Ephesians 3:20-21)
20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Questions to Think About
- Do you pray? Do you believe that God hears and answers your prayers? Why or why not?
- Do you think that our faith is something that can grow? If our faith can grow, how does that happen?