By: Pastor Charles Mueller, Jr
“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.”
– Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
When you were a kid, did you imagine you would live as long as you have? What was the biggest thing you imagined would happen by the year of “perfect vision,” 2020 A.D.? Flying cars like on the Jetsons? Transporting from one place to another like on “Star Trek”?
In the Bible, God gives us His vision for all the world. It says in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 that God “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” The first truths God wants for all of us to know is how much He loves us. He wants us to know salvation is ours through faith in Christ Jesus, who for love’s sake, mounted the cross of Calvary to win heaven for us, and sends us His Holy Spirit to bring us to faith, strengthen our faith, comfort us in all of our troubles, and send us out into the world to be His love.
That’s why we see our mission as “loving people to life in Jesus because Jesus changes everything.”
But there are other “truths” the Bible tells us. One of them that we hear in Ephesians 3:30-21 is that God is ready to act in our lives – ready to act in His power. He didn’t just save us to be with Him in heaven. He saved us to be the ones through whom His power works. His power works in us in ways greater than we can ever ask or imagine. Finally, He does not so we can have a “great life,” but because doing so brings Him glory in this generation and the generations to come.
Each of us plays a part in His cosmic plan. We should not hide from this part of God’s vision for us in the world. We must embrace it. We are loved by God and we are His “Plan A” to experience and express His love with the people of His world.
How will your prayers change if you started praying like you believed God can do more for you than all we can imagine by the power He is already working within you? How would your prayers change if you embraced God’s truth that you personally were a part of His cosmic plan to love all people?
Just imagine… what God can do through us by His power to bless this generation and future generations as we love people to life in Jesus.
Holy Father, Whose vision and imagination created the universe – and me, too – increase my faith. Help me to hear the call of Your Word. Help me to trust You more. Increase my vision so my prayers match Your vision for me, and make me more bold to act. Help me to be confident in Your plans for me and Your power in my life. Make me useful in Your Kingdom work to love others. Fulfill in me Your vision for my life. I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.