Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, ~Ephesians 3:20
Paul refers to himself as the prisoner of Jesus Christ in Ephesians 3:1. He was a prisoner of Rome, and used his time in prison to write to the church at Ephesus. The idea of being a prisoner presents to us someone held captive. It speaks of limited to no liberty. It tells us that the prisoner is being held by a power greater than him. However, even though Paul was a prisoner of Rome, he knew something about a greater power. He experienced this power in his life. He explains this power in Ephesians 3. He exhorts us about this power in the closing verses of this chapter. Let us see how Paul exhorts us about being packed with power.
We see the Author.
“Now unto him that is able.” This power is something that Paul prayed for in his life and in the life of his friends at Ephesus. This power originated from God. He is its Author. This is the power present at creation. This is the power that opened the Red Sea for Moses and the Jordan River for Joshua. This power opened the sterile wombs of women who were said to be barren. This power rolled away the stone and raised Jesus from the dead. It is absolute, infinite, unmatched, and unrestricted power. It is God’s power!
We see the adequacy.
Paul said of this power that it works in us. In and of ourselves, we have no adequacy. Paul sensed his inadequacy as a prisoner. Paul speaks about his calling to preach the gospel and the power that accompanied him as a preacher. Without this power, his preaching was powerless. Without this power, we are powerless and inadequate. We are inadequate to win souls, build churches, console hurting people, and exercise great faith in prayer without this power. That power working in us is like gasoline for an engine, electricity for our appliances, and breathing in our lungs. It must be working in order to be effective.
We see the ability.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Think about that. It is the ability to do much. It is the ability to do more. It is the ability to exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. God’s power is incredible and extraordinary. His power exceeds our imagination and faith in what ask or think. This power enables us to love the unlovable. It enables us to forgive the unforgivable. It enables us to believe the incredible and do the impossible. It enables us to pray for great things and see even greater things done. It enables us to have visions of great things and see greater than our vision. It is uninhibited, unlimited, and underutilized.
We see the availability.
It’s available to every child of God. It works in us because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It worketh within us, but the question is: how much are we letting it work? It’s available if we meet God’s conditions for access. It’s available when our vessel is clean and fit for the Master’s use. It’s available when we have faith that pleases God. It’s available when we pray with urgency and in surrender. It’s available anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. It’s available, regardless of the geographic location. It’s available, regardless of the education. It’s available for the asking. Yes, it is available “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
Paul was packed with power. We can be packed with power. It’s working within us. Let’s not stymie, or limit, this power. Let it work in us to the glory of God.
Have a power-packed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Judges 19-21