“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly” Eph 3:20
What size box contains my life? How much freedom do I give to Jesus to guide and direct my daily steps? Yes I am a believer and know absolutely that I will dwell with my God for eternity. But—what about now? Is the Holy Spirit free to change the direction of my boat mid-stream? Or do I smile and say, “Praise the Lord” while holding firmly to my rudder, sometimes with both hands.
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
2 Cor 9:8 “God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work.”
Ephesians 3:7 “I became a servant of the gospel because of the grace that God showed me through the exercise of his power.”
Our lives have no limits except those which are self-imposed. Before Christ our lives may be seen as a series of boxes stacked upon another. Limited boundaries with imaginary restrictions and constraints. We believed in the boxes and their supposed value to our lives. But, thanks be to God, those boxes have been demolished, flattened, torn down. And now we can see horizons without limits. Mountains to be climbed and rivers to cross or paddle down.
Phil 3:7-8 “But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that I consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
Phil 3:13 “But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
The past and its sins belongs right there…in the past. Leave it alone and be refreshed daily as God’s new creation, created in Christ Jesus.
Gal 6:14-15 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters, instead is a new creation.”
2 Cor 2:10 “For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”
You’ll notice that the Scripture doesn’t say, if anyone is in Christ he has been given a new, shiny box to live in!” Quite the contrary, God tells us that the old elements, strategies, foundations and ideas of our old lives have PASSED AWAY! We are miraculously new creations with a fresh start. New hope. New power. Eternally forgiven. Let us leave our former burdens at the foot of His cross and walk away from them. Do not return to carry them one more time out of habit. Walk away. And, as we walk away, not turning back, they will decay and self-destruct, like the Mission Impossible tapes.
1 Peter 1:3-4 May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you.