What a passage for today! Yesterday we read Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians to “comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge…” (Ephesians 3:18-19, ESV). It was Paul’s prayer that the Ephesians would be “filled with all the fullness of God” (v.19).
After Paul prays these things, he adds a few sentences on the greatness of God! Read it again:
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
Our God deserves all glory and praise because he is able to accomplish more for his Kingdom than we could ever imagine. He is able by his power that is at work within us.
Isn’t that amazing? Paul has just finished praying that we would understand God’s mighty love for us (because we can’t comprehend it) and gives praise to God because he is able to do more than we could ever imagine through his power. That same power is at work within us.
That power is Gospel power. It is the “power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16, ESV). It is the same power of God that rose Jesus from the grave. It is the power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and make us more like Jesus.
Glory to God! So what are we supposed to do after reading this?
First, we are to pray big prayers. God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or think, so he’s certainly able to the things that come to our thoughts! Especially during our Missions Impact Month, pray for God to do amazing things for which only he could get the credit.
Second, look ahead to Ephesians 4:1: “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” In the Bible, when you read “Therefore,” figure out what it is there for. Because God’s power is at work within us, we are to live worthy of our calling. In other words, we are to be a holy people.
What are you asking God to do that seems impossible?
How are you growing in holiness?
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice