Understanding our Faith

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 3:14-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. (v. 20)

Every good book, movie, or song has a “hook” that grabs our attention. Ephesians 3:20 hooks me. The apostle Paul is about to apply the amazing theology he has laid out in chapters 1-3, but before he does, he ends this prayer with a doxology. He reminds us how every blessing flows from God. He tells us how we can live out our life in mission. Paul reminds us that to apply our faith, we must understand the source of all good things.

It is easy to think doxologies like verse 20 are a charge for us to go and do, for us to go out in the world and make a difference for the kingdom. However, such a reading can lead us to believe that we are the source of our salvation and change, when it is Christ who is the one at work in us. It is Christ who can do abundantly more. We cannot even ask or think at the level of Christ’s action. Our force of will changes some things, but the love of Christ can transform all things, inside and out—more than we can imagine. Paul helps us understand that God has already gifted us abundantly by extending his grace to us. After we begin to understand the mighty work of God’s redemption in us, then we are able to go out into the world and be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. —Ben Aguilera

Prayer: Lord, allow me the patience to not do but to be today. Amen.