“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Last night I was paging through my latest copy of Christianity Today. In an article written by Beth Moore, titled Unrolling the Scroll of Freedom, I read the following quote, “Jesus is greater than we have yet learned, more able than we have yet seen, more willing than we have yet dreamed, and infinitely worthier than we have yet risked.” As I read that quote my mind went to the passage above that was written by the Apostle Paul, a passage that has often fill my heart with wonder. It is a quote that needs to be dissected and diagrammed much as we did in English Grammar classes.
“Now to Him who is able…” We need to settle in our minds the fact that we serve a God is able. Or as the children sing, “My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.” Do you really believe that there is nothing our God cannot do? This is more than just a mental ascent that simply says, “Well, since He is God He must be able to do all things.” This is a deep conviction of the heart that creates an ultimate trust in our all-knowing and all-powerful God.
What is He able to do? “…far more abundantly…” This part of the passage ought to take one’s breath away. The Greek word that is translate abundantly is the word huperekperissou. I love that word! It means far more, beyond, exceedingly, or, my favorite, super-abundantly. You can almost sense that Paul is desperately grasping for adjectives to describe that which is virtually indescribable.
So, we serve a God who is able…able to do far more abundantly, maybe you better fasten your seatbelt for this next line, “…beyond all that we ask or think…” He is telling us that this is beyond all that we would ever dare ask or even imagine. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I have a very active and fertile imagination. Oswald Chambers has said that too many Christians have a starved imagination and then quotes Isaiah 40:26, “Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the one who leads forth their hosts by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and strength of His power, no one of them is missing.” That’s the God who wants to move in our lives at this very moment.
And finally, “…according to the power that works within us…” What is the power that works within us? It’s God’s Holy Spirit, the very same Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:15-22).
Again, my mind goes back to Beth Moore’s words, “Jesus is greater than we have yet learned, more able than we have yet seen, more willing than we have yet dreamed, and infinitely worthier than we have yet risked.”
I don’t know about you, but I long to be filled with the faith that will make these promises a reality, in my own life and in the collective life of our body at Sierra Bible Church. An old hymn of the church says, “There shall be showers of blessings, this is the promise of love, there shall be seasons refreshing, sent from the Savior above. Showers of blessings, showers of blessings we need, mercy drops round us are falling but for the showers we plead.” The drops of God’s mercy are indeed falling in our midst. Join me in pleading for the showers and for the faith to see the God who is able, do in our church, that which is far more abundantly beyond anything that we could dare ask or even imagine.