The title of J.B. Phillips paperback “Your God is Too Small,” has been a tool of reprimand in my life since I first acquired the book. Phillips does not say “God is Too Small,” but rather “YOUR God is too small.” Though God has made us in His image, we are commanded not to make Him in ours! We must have an accurate, adequate revelation of truth in order for us to encounter the ‘true’ God.
As Paul concludes his prayer for the Ephesian church, he embeds a benediction of praise. I asked a group of Indian students in a recent class I taught, “Where should a worship leader place the benediction?” With one accord they all agreed that the closing of the service was the appropriate time and place.
“Why did Paul not follow this pattern?” I countered. “Why in 1 Timothy 1:17 and here in Ephesians 3:20-21 does he burst into such a benediction? Why couldn’t he wait until the end of the sixth chapter?
Praise was bursting forth from his heart! Having poured out his heart in prayer for a revival of God’s work within the hearts of the saints out of the riches of God’s strength, he turns his complete focus to God’s ability to accomplish His perfect will within the life of each Christ-follower.
“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.”
What is God able to do?
- All we ask; 2. All we imagine; 3. All we ask or imagine; 4) more than all we ask or imagine, in fact 5. immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
God has His surprises. At times to demonstrate His power and glory, He moves in a mighty way. Scripture is replete with examples. Church history confirms the evidence of God’s power at work.
But how about us? In what areas have we experienced His power? How, out of His glorious riches, has He been strengthening us with power? How is God bringing glory to Jesus Christ in the church? How long will God’s power be on display?
May God show us our weakness, remind us of His power and display that power in unexplainable encounters of His grace!