We wrap up Ephesians 3 today by looking at the amazing power of God and the glory due to Him.
20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The end of this letter is a doxology, an expression of praise to God. It tells of His unimaginable power. The Lord is able to do more than anything we could dream or imagine on our own. His plans for us and for His church are far greater than what we anything could dream up.
I remember when we were moving overseas, I was going through some paperwork and found an old paper from 7th grade I had written. In it I wrote what I dreamed my life would be like when I grew up. In the letter I said I wanted to be married, have children and be a teacher. Well, by the age of 26 I had accomplished all of that. However, there was something missing.
I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus until I was 29.Thankfully, God’s plans for my life were bigger than anything I could have asked or imagined. After putting my faith in Christ, my life began to change. God called me to children’s ministry where I really learned the Word of God. Later He called me to be a youth pastor where my faith grew by leaps and bounds.
After moving to the Middle East, I became involved in women’s ministry. It was there the Lord had me lead Bible studies and be a speaker at women’s conferences and retreats. Since returning to the U.S. the Lord led me to publish a 365-day devotional called Deeply Rooted and has given me opportunities to travel and speak to women in Singapore, India, Nigeria, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and here in the U.S. I am blown away by how much greater God’s plans were for me than my plans for myself.
This doxology of praising the Lord in these verses is very dear to my heart. “To him be glory” describes the way I feel – actually to him be ALL the glory! If God can use someone who didn’t know him for 29 years, He can use you too. His plans for you are far greater than yours.
How have God’s plans been greater than yours? How have you seen God work in your life? Take time to give Him the praise and glory He deserves today.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.