Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
Many times I’ve read this verse, finished out the chapter, closed my Bible, and went on with my day. Some of that has to do with already studying Ephesians front to back and back to front. Other times it’s that I have a bunch of items on my to-do list and choose not to take the time to dig in on what I read. Thankfully it stuck with me this past weekend when it was used in the message.
The chapter and the dozen verses leading up to verse 20 really helps explain what life looks like after we choose to follow Jesus. Those who have been to church for awhile call it sanctification—which means becoming more like Jesus. It explains that we grow by trusting Jesus and the Holy Spirit to lead our lives. The thing that gets me with this verse is that God has something to accomplish with you and me. Notice that 3:20 doesn’t say that we’re the ones accomplishing our plans with God’s help. It says that God works in us to accomplish His plans. God is in the driver’s seat…allowing us to be a part of His work. When we allow Him to work in us, He’ll work through us. While doing so, He’ll exceed our expectations, prayers, and thoughts.
This is why I believe this verse stuck with me for the last week. It’s easy to think that God has used so and so to change lives in a third-world country. I wish I could do something like that. I believe that all of us can be used when we trust Him with our lives. For some of us, having God work in you means giving up on the American dream and sponsoring widows and/or orphans. For others, having God work in you means moving to a foreign country to start a church or ministry. For some, having God work in you means turning off the TV to pray for churches, missions, and organizations sharing the Gospel in native lands. We all have a next step.
God works in us before He works through us.