Friday, February 24, 2012

Ephesians 3:20-21

 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

When I consider how much I ask of God, it’s amazing to contemplate that he is able to do “superabundantly” more than what I ask. It would be amazing enough to receive even what I ask – healing for others, patience in my own heart, wisdom, etc. (Of course I am usually asking the wrong questions.) Among Jesus’ last words to his disciples are that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. We have the same power working within us that healed the sick and raised the dead! Do our lives reveal the working of an omnipotent God?

Imagine if we drew on His strength instead of drawing on our own strength when making plans or maneuvering through a busy day. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we admit that we cannot effectively live our lives through our own strength we find true strength in Him. Then He will receive the glory for the work done in and through us. We become a visible doxology to God.

You say, "But why would God... want me to be so powerful?" The answer is in verse 21... in order that He might display His glory through the church... When we run around saying we belong to Christ, we belong to God, God is our God, our God is a mighty and a powerful and a saving and a transforming God and we have these weak vacillating lives... people assume that either our God is lying about who He is or we're lying about who He is? Somebody is not telling the truth. The world looks at the church, what do they see? Power? No. Weakness. What do they conclude? That God is powerful? No. Those are His people, take a look at them. He wants glory in the church. I think obviously not only in eternity where He'll get it but in time as well, to all generations forever and ever, starting now and on forever. He wants glory. Unto Him be glory.
 - John MacArthur

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