Have you seen the new commercial by a well-known do-it-yourself store when a couple rushes into a big house where the walls are covered with nothing but white paper?
They are both carrying markers and when they draw the outline of an object on the blank wall it immediately pops into reality. A new appliance, some pieces of hardware, a new window or door.
But the point of the commercial is that this particular do-it-yourself store can take whatever you imagine and make it real. How cool is that?! But I’ve got one better.
In his letter to the Ephesians the Apostle Paul prays for them to be rooted and established in love and able to fully grasp the width, length, height and depth of the love of Christ. Then he makes this amazing statement:
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
Paul has own unique way with words. How do you calculate “immeasurably more”? Whatever it is, God can do it with whatever we ask or imagine.
Obviously, this is not a promise to satisfy our own wants and desires. And our ability to imagine tends to grow smaller as we age. But in keeping with God’s kingdom purposes, what can you imagine God accomplishing?
- Healing for a wreaked marriage?
- Boldness to share the hope of Christ with those who don’t know Him?
- Wisdom and grace for parents dealing with a rebellious child?
- Real peace for a heart troubled with worry?
- Freedom from addictions or sinful habits?
- Better choices made by a rebellious child?
- The hard-hearted person finally opening up to receive God’s gift of grace?
- Character and integrity in those who serve in our government?
- Courage to forgive those who have hurt us?
- A renewed love of God for those who claim Jesus as Lord?
God delights to bring all manner of new life and restored hope because He loves us more than we can begin to fathom. The question is…
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