Asking for more

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The apostle Paul ends Chapter 3 of Ephesians with a strong benediction in verse twenty. He says that God is able to do infinitely more than we would dare imagine:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” ESV

Wow!

I believe Paul places these particular words right before he begins the application portion of Ephesians (chapters 4-6) precisely because he does not want Christians to lose hope. In the final chapters Paul lays out a radical way of living for the Ephesians and for us. Paul was aware of just how contrary to the world’s ways these “basic” directives of the Christian faith would be to his readers. He wanted them to know that the full power of God was available to them as they began to implement the instructions of the Holy Spirit.

For example, in chapter 6 we read, Children obey your parents in the Lord. What is so radical about that?  The radical part is the last three words: in the Lord.

Even the world wants children who obey and do what they are told. But Paul adds a stunning qualifier. He is saying that simply coming when called is not enough. Children are to come when called, in the power of God. That is radical. It means your parenting may not be evaluated only by how quickly and how correctly your children respond to your directions.

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