January 27, 2021

Reflections on Ephesians 1: 15-23 Part 4

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, prays:  

“…that God…may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation

as you come to know him…so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know…the hope to which He has called you…the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and…the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe…”

Resources for the journey of 2021:

The hope to which we are called;

The riches of God’s inheritance among the saints; and

The power of believing.

Do we know the power of believing?  Have we even thought that much about it?  That believing in God gives us power?

Note the emphasis in Paul’s language.  Not just the power of God, not just the greatness of God’s power, but “the immeasurable greatness of God’s power in us who believe.”

Do we have even a remote idea of that kind of power?

Paul wants us to see the vast resources of power that are available to us as a result of our faith in the risen Lord.

Here’s another Greek lesson.  The Greek word for power is dynamis and the verb form means, “I am able.”  The power of God in us who believe makes us able.

Able to take on more than we can manage under our own power.

Able to step up to the tasks before us.

Able to become the disciple Jesus has called us to be, and

Able to keep on keeping on.

I know that you believe in God.  But do you truly know the power of that belief?

That belief built the church of Jesus Christ from nothing.

That belief sustained the church in its darkest days.

That belief has shaped and reshaped human civilization.

That belief continues today as the primary resource of the church.

Do we understand that by believing,

we can be and do all that Christ has commanded us?

Hope, riches, and power – that’s all we need in 2021.


Stay safe my friend, and be patient.