“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.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
It’s nearly impossible for us to comprehend what God is seeking to say to us through this verse. Let’s look at Ephesians 3:20-21 in the Amplified Bible: “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly, far over and above all that we [dare} ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams] – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).”
One of the sweetest times I spent with my daughter when she was just a small child was the first and only time, I spanked her. She was misbehaving in church, and I asked her to stop, but she ignored me. I warned her a few times, then when she persisted, I took her to another room of the church. I explained to her why I was spanking her, then swatted her a few times on her bottom. She began to cry, not so much because it hurt her physically, but because she had disappointed me.
Seeing her cry, I began to cry, so I just held her and told her how much I loved her. In my mind, I’d pretty much decided from that experience I would never spank her again, but, honestly, she never gave me reason. In my heart, then and now, nearly fifty years later, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her if it was within my power to do it.
On a very much larger scale, I believe that’s what our Heavenly Father is seeking to convey to us through the words of Paul. The Lord Jesus is my life. There’s nothing I want to say, do, or think except it pleases and honors Him. Because of that, I sometimes try to imagine these grandiose ways that I can serve and honor Him with my life. But what I’m discovering is, that’s not typically how He works.
Yes, of course, there are men and women of God who are like shining stars to us, who speak well, write well, and live well, and it sometimes causes us to wish we could be more like them. But that’s not always God’s desire for us. He wants us to be more like Him, not in a “superstar” role, but as the best man, woman, or child that we can be, where we are, in our family and in our other spheres of influence.
Two things happened last Sunday that helped me to see this more clearly. We were having Communion at the end of the service and my wife and I were sitting in the first row of a series of seats, and in front of us was an aisleway. A young woman and her small son came up and sat on the floor right in front of us, so the Lord prompted me to ask her if she’d been served the elements for Communion, but she had not. Without giving it a thought, I gave her mine.
They were packaged together and mine was unopened, so she took it. When I sat back down by my wife, we decided we’d just share hers, but when she opened it, two little crackers dropped out, not one, as was the way they’re packaged. So, we each had the “bread” and shared the juice, which is what they did in the Bible anyway. What’s my point?
It would have been okay with me to miss that one time of sharing the Lord’s Supper so that someone else could participate, but that’s not God’s plan. He doesn’t “take from us to share with another,” He gives us in abundance so that we never lack. There’s never a shortage when we obey the Lord.
I’ll share the other “sign” God gave me tomorrow.
Blessings, Ed 😊