Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
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.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.” -AMPLIFIED
The army had a slogan back in the 80’s and 90’s which said, “Be all that you can be”. This gave the impression that the army would take you to new levels and experiences if you became part of who they were. Being part of the family of God in actuality will truly take you to new levels and experiences. God can take you to places beyond your wildest dreams!
Paul closes out this part of his letter, Ephesians 3, with these words, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more…” How often have we settled for something? Even more importantly, ask yourself how often have we settled for something when we knew that God could do more?
The NIV uses the word “immeasurably”, the Amplified uses “superabundantly” and the Message says, “far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams”. They all convey the idea that God has more for His children. The Greek word used is for this concept is “Huperekperissou”. Found only three times in the Bible; it brings across the meaning that God goes over and above, beyond anything that we could imagine. It portrays an extraordinary degree, which involves a considerable excess over what we would expect; overwhelmingly beyond measure.
God desires to take us to new levels of wonderful, but we need to have a willing spirit in order for Him to do so. God is able, but are we willing, ask yourself that question. John was an uneducated fisherman, he became an Evangelist. Paul was a prideful, overconfident, bias Pharisee and he became a missionary. Peter was a clumsy, loud-mouth, denier, who turned out to be a catalyst for the new church. Timothy was a young, inexperienced, timid young man, but God used him. If we are willing God can use us and use us superabundantly too!
Back in 1914 Thoro Harris penned this song, “More Abundantly”. The refrain speaks of the fact that the child of God should be living an abundant life; not just financially, not just spiritually, but an abundant life in every area. “More abundantly, More abundantly, That they might have life And more abundantly; More abundantly, More abundantly, That they might have life and more abundantly.”
God does this work in us, “not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Hallelujah, for a God who loves us, extends grace to us and is willing to work in and through us in superabundant ways. All glory, honor and praise belong to Him. He is AMAZING!
Lord, your desire is to work in my life more abundantly. You want to bring me to higher levels with you and that is my desire too. I ask that you remove anything in my life that is holding me back from experiencing your more abundantly. I want more and more of you in my life. I want to become all that I can be with you. Help me to be in tune with your Holy Spirit as you work within and without. All praise and glory goes to you!