For the past few weeks Joe has reminded us of a verse (3:20) from Paul’s prayer (3:14-21) written in his letter to the Ephesians. I absolutely love this verse! Paul gets caught up in the greatness of God and the power He supplies His people for His Kingdom purpose. Joe used verse 20 because it is there that Paul makes his point about God’s ability to do immeasurably, unimaginably more than all we ask. As we set our goal of living this Christian life Unleashed, let us by no means fix a limit in our minds of what God can do in us.
It may have occurred to you that verse 20 ends with a comma, at least in most versions. Paul includes all three parts of the trinity to make his point for us, but I have to include verse 21 to show you.
“Now to him (God the Father) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power (Holy Spirit) 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.”(NIV) Eph 3:20-21
God sent the Holy Spirit for a solitary purpose –to glorify his Son, Jesus. The purpose of God’s power, which is given us through the Holy Spirit, is to build His church and to bring glory to Him, in Christ Jesus. We glorify Christ, Christ glorifies his Father. Part of unleashing God’s power in our lives is that we align our motives with God’s purpose – “to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.”
Warren Wiersbe puts it this way; “If our motive is to glorify God by building His Church, then God will share His power with us. The power of the Spirit is not a luxury; it is a necessity.”
To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.