Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NRSV
I was planning on going on to chapter four today but something about this verse really spoke to me. I had never noticed this before but Paul does not just say that God's power can do much more than what we can either ask or imagine. Paul says that God working through the power within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine!
So, it isn't just God doing great things. It is that God give us the power to do things beyond what we can do alone. In fact, Paul makes it sound like God's power in us can do more than God can do alone! And the things that can be done are abundant - more than anyone actually needs!
I think Paul is speaking from personal experience. He has seen God's power do so much more than he would have been able to accomplish on his own. He has also seen a multiplicity of incredible things happen.
In my own personal experience, I know this. But often I get too pig-headed and want to do things on my own. Why can't I just let God's power work through me? Hopefully, it does happen even when I am doing my best to resist. Reading this verse makes me realize that I do have to claim my part in this - God is not working alone. Working together with God through God's power will answer more prayers before I even begin to ask.
God, you want to work through us to accomplish so much in this world! May we realize our potential when we work together with you. Fill us with your power, Lord! Amen!
Question for the day: Are you allowing God's power to work within you?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims