This afternoon I helped a friend put together a very abundant gift from her and her husband to a couple who was leaving town for a days. I was overwhelmed by everything included to make a long weekend a most enjoyable and memorable one. In fact, the gifts fit nicely into three different size baskets. As I watched my friend pack the goodies, I was reminded of Paul's words in Ephesians. These physical gifts were lovely, and exceedingly abundantly beyond what was necessary. It was a loving act from one couple to another full of pleasant surprises. The gift was jam-packed with things that brought great pleasure What a teeny weeny microscopic picture of what Paul means when he speaks of God being able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that they we ask or think.
Ephesians 3: 20 and 21 read: "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, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." The power Paul refers to is that of the Holy Spirit. John MacArthur writes: "When the conditions of verses 16 to 19 are met, God's power working in and through believers is unlimited and far beyond their comprehension." A life fully surrendered to the knowing Jesus Christ in His fullness (which we can never do) will be overflowing with an abundance of God's power. My Associate Pastor signs his emails; "Because Jesus is better". I agree totally. Jesus is better. In fact, Jesus is best.