Ephesians 3:20–21 20Now 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, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
A long week is finally at an end. You climb into your comfortable bed and are about to drift off to sleep. Suddenly, an unfamiliar noise in the backyard puts you on high alert. There is nothing visible from the window, so you grab the flashlight from the nightstand and make your way to the back door. As you prepare to open the door, you depress the button on the flashlight. Surprisingly, only a faint orange dot appears on the floor and then it fades away. You shake and slap the flashlight. To your dismay, the darkness remains. When you need it the most, your flashlight proves to be worthless, because the batteries have no power.
As disastrous as this situation may prove to be, not having spiritual power for our lives will be more consequential. Thankfully, all those who have spiritual life in Jesus Christ have the power of God necessary to handle all the needs we encounter as the people of God in His church. The unity we need, and the ability to walk consistently in the faith with truth and love, are all graciously provided by the power of God and granted to us by gospel grace.
When the enemies of faith and hurl flaming darts at us, we have the power of God equipping us to raise the shield of faith to stop the intended harm. When the pathway of progressive sanctification becomes narrow and challenging, the power of God is there to keep us in the battle and pressing on in the pursuit of Christlikeness. When people disappoint us, offend us, or attack us, the power of God’s comfort and love abides with us to sustain us.
Our fleshly power may be a dim and fading orange dot on the pathway of life. However, the power of God shines brightly and is always available. So much so, the promise is it will do “far more abundantly than all we can ask or think.” Where the needs of our life are significant, the power of God is more than sufficient.
Why does God equip us like this? God’s purpose in providing the power we need is not to make much of us, but to make much of Him (“to him be the glory“). Let us unite as the people of His church to serve our Lord Jesus and others, with the strength He promises to supply.
The needs are great. The time is short. Thankfully, the power of God is sufficient at all times. May His glorious name be praised!