“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” – Ephesians 4:1 (NLT)
“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.” – Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
God’s Powerful Plan
I put those 2 verses in reverse order to make a point—the second verse is a reminder.
As Paul was writing this letter, he was literally a prisoner. Oddly enough, the man who, a few short years before, was persecuting Christians, was in jail for being a follower of Christ. Paul also refers to himself as a metaphorical prisoner of Christ for the Gentiles earlier in this letter.
How can God use a prisoner—someone who broke the law? How can God use someone locked in a prison cell to spread the Gospel?
OK, I can hear you thinking. The apostle Peter said it best, “We ought to obey God rather than man.” Going to jail for professing Christ and spreading The Gospel is noble. I’ll give you that one.
Paul, when he was Saul was NOT a nice person, to put it mildly. When Paul was Saul, he was the one putting people in prison, having them stoned to death, and trying everything he could to stop the spread of The Gospel. Now he’s the one in jail and calling it a privilege—how does that work?
More Powerful than We can Imagine
I have a good imagination. Sometimes my imagination scares me when I have to go to the basement alone. Other times, my imagination makes me laugh aloud as an imaginary scene plays out in my head. Still, on other occasions, my imagination frustrates me since my physical skill is much more limited than my mind.
Imaginations aren’t for the mediocre. Imaginations are grand and huge. Paul reminds us in chapter three, God can do more through us, or with us, than we can imagine.
A prideful, stickler for the Law, a Rabbi, a man hell-bent on stomping out Christianity, became the minister of grace to the Gentiles. That would take some imagination! That took some kind of power.
How About Your Imagination?
How big is your imagination? Regardless of how much you can imagine; God can do more. God can use you to carry out more for His kingdom than you can imagine or even think about. He can do more than you would even ask for. God changed the heart of a mean-spirited Rabbi and turned him into someone who gushed grace.
I dare you. Ask God to use you. If you pray that prayer, really mean it—God always takes that request seriously. You might be surprised. God uses the most unlikely characters, in the most unlikely circumstances to carry His message.
Father, open my mind to the possibilities You have waiting for me! Teach me the limitless power You have to use anyone for Your glory. I want to live the full life you have planned for me in service to You and in Your kingdom