Powerful – The Greatest Power Ever Given to Mankind by Our Creator
The Greatest Power Ever Given to Mankind by our Creator
It’s not an empty promise. Ephesians 3:20 says that God, “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” It seems unattainable because we haven’t taken hold of the key. This post marks the beginning of an epic journey of exploration as we take hold of the greatest power given to mankind by our Creator.
Is God Underestimating Me???
I’m definitely not being disrespectful or irreverent here, but this passage of scripture makes me wonder if maybe God is underestimating my seriously over-sized imagination.
I mean, honestly, do you know how many sci-fi movies I’ve watched, or how many wildly surreal books I’ve read? Not to mention that short time in high school when I used… scratch that thought. Let’s just agree that I have a pretty extreme imagination.
My Split Personality
Thank God I’ve never been diagnosed with split personality disorder because some days it seems like two different people live inside my brain. One of them sits at the desk all day filing and calculating numbers and doing incredibly boring things, while the other is an incredibly disorganized emotionally unstable free spirit.
The free spirit got to this verse first, and immediately had an emotional breakdown because I’m thinking about a plethora of things that God could do for me that are pretty far beyond anything that I’m actually seeing in my day-to-day life.
It’s like 20 questions with God… I’m thinking of something really fast and shiny and red… Can you guess what wasn’t in my driveway when I just looked. And yes, I totally just got up and looked in the driveway, just because you should never underestimate God’s awesomeness. However, at this point Mr. Free Spirit Jeremy, without a sports car, mopes back to bed and eats an entire row of Double Stuff Oreo’s.
Get Out the Highlighters
Arriving slightly late to the party, Mr. Analytical Jeremy walks into the room and pushes his glasses up on his nose (yes, in my mind, one of me wears dorky glasses – but they’re kind of cool still in an intelligent good-looking king of way). He looks at the other me and says, “Duh… You didn’t read the entire verse lamo.” (analytical me isn’t very good with insults either)
At that point, the both of us sit down together and take another look at this outrageous promise of God to His people. Analytical me gets out color coded highlighters and his ruler and starts to underline the second half of this verse which says, “according to the power that works within us.”
At this point, free spirit me shoves analytical me off the chair onto the floor, calls him a geek, and starts looking at the verse wondering what the ‘power’ working within us could possibly be.
Analytical for the Win…
Analytical Jeremy here, we’ll leave that other guy in there trying to figure this out for a while, but since you’re an intelligent reading type of person that I know you are, I’m going to share the secret with you.
Most believers never see this extravagant demonstration of God’s unbridled involvement working within and through our lives because we don’t know what the ‘power working in us’ is. We generically think it’s ‘just’ God, or maybe the Holy Spirit, and in a really broad sense that’s true.
However, if you want to know what the ‘power’ is that unlocks the awesomeness of God, we have to look at the preceding verses. Here’s a link to them – Ephesians 3:14-21. Take a look and see if you can figure it out.
I’m not telling what it is today because that would be too easy. In the coming weeks though, we’re going to look at the greatest power ever given to mankind by our creator, and these verses, and many others, show us exactly what that is.
If you visited the passage, where you able to figure out what God is really trying to communicate in this passage?