Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
We humans are so painfully limited in our thinking. Most of us are practical and maybe practical to a fault at times, I know I am. But God has prepared for each of us, those of us who are His children, things that we may not even be able to fathom. All we must do is submit ourselves to Him in obedience.
Paul begins this wonderful doxology with three wonderful words: “Now to Him.” It all begins and ends with God. You see when He has empowered us with the Holy Spirit, when He has indwelt us with Christ, when His love has mastered us, and when He has filled us with His very own fullness, then He “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.” Until those conditions are met God’s work in our lives is limited. When they are met, His work in us is unlimited. Jesus said in John 14:12-14, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
You see there is not one single situation in which the Lord God cannot use us, as long as we are submitted to Him. Verse 20 you see is a progression of God’s enablement of us: He is able; He is able to do; He is able to do far more abundantly; He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask; He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think. There should be no question in the minds of believers that God “is able” to do more than we can ever conceive. But too few Christians really enjoy the privilege of seeing Him do that in their lives, because they fail to recognize the enablement presented in these verses.
But the power of God works through us and in us despite our limitations and weaknesses. Paul understood that the effectiveness of his own ministry was because of the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4 says, “and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” In chapter 4 verse 20 of 1 Corinthians he said, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.” Everything Paul did was in the power of God and through the power of God. And that same power that worked in Paul “works within us” through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
But we have to yield to Him. Far too many of us think that we can do things our way. We refuse to yield to Him by obeying His Word and we arrogantly think essentially that we don’t need Him. But we are reminded that if we do submit and yield to Him then God is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” It is only then that we are truly effective and it is only then that God is truly glorified. This, all of this is so that He will be glorified. Which is why Paul ends chapter 3 with the reminder that “to Him be the glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus.” And this glory is not only for today but it is for “all generations forever and ever.”
Friends let us submit ourselves joyfully to Him and then watch what God does.