Ironically, I have a new addition to last week’s list. While visiting a church recently, (I’ll not say when or where) I heard a message in which the pastor spoke from Ephesians 3:20.
“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,”…
The pastor said this was personally a favorite verse of his, and possibly one of the most profound verses in the Bible. Clearly God wants to do more that we can ever imagine!
Umm… what? That verse is not even a complete sentence. (Please note that it ends in a comma, not a period – a dead giveaway.) Okay, I apologize for the sarcasm, though I suggest the continued need to bring your Bible to church with you.
The context is Paul’s excitement that the Gentiles are heirs with Israel, sharing in the promise of Christ. He then prays that out of God’s incredible riches we will be strengthened through his Spirit. That we’ll be rooted and established in love, and know how wide and long and high and deep Christ’s love is, and overflow with the fullness of God. And when that happens – in ways we can’t imagine or foresee – we will acknowledge it is his power within us and give him the glory.
“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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”