Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. — Ephesians 3: 20–21
We praise God by professing our faith and putting the gospel into practice in both word and deed.
Thanks to God
Our Bible text calls upon us to give thanks to God. Let us give thanks to Him for
- The fact that He cares for our needs on this earth.
- Jesus Christ’s deeds of salvation on earth.
- The activity of the Holy Spirit upon us.
God grants us more than we can ask and understand if we heed the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, the “power that works in us”.
God gives more than we can ask
- When Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge, God also gave him great wealth, possessions, and glory besides (2 Chronicles 1: 11–12). Thus Scripture teaches us that God often gives us more than we ask.
- In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6: 33). God can give both eternal life and earthly well-being to those who make a priority of their salvation.
- The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. This does not mean, however, that we can expect an answer to all our questions. When we are finally with the Lord, our joy will be so great that we will ask Him nothing (John 16: 20, 23).
God gives more than we can imagine
- No one can imagine the return of Christ. Nevertheless, let us prepare ourselves for it—because “the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12: 40).
- The glory of the kingdom of God far surpasses anything we can imagine.
- How is it possible for us sinful human beings to one day be like the Lord, who is perfect (1 John 3: 2)?
When we think about all the things that God grants us, we will have every reason to give Him glory.
We praise God
We give glory to God by proclaiming His deeds (Psalm 9:11). Praise and adoration of God are more effective than all our lamentations.
We give glory to God by putting the gospel into practice in both word and deed and by acting selflessly toward our neighbour. Jesus gave glory to His Father by completing the work God had assigned to Him (John 15: 8).
Let us give glory to God by going beyond our perceived limitations. We can
- do things that at first seem impossible to us with the help of God.
- do more than our duty. Those who love do not calculate.
- forgive our neighbour and endeavour to make peace.
God gives more than we ask. For this let us give Him glory.
* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for the divine service held on Sunday, 06 September 2015 at Midrand Congregation.