Joe’s Sermon, July 29, 2018

 

Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever.

The Epistle today is at the end of a prayer in Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. Paul is speaking of the indwelling of God’s Spirit in all of us and how that Spirit can lead us to greater things than we can ask or imagine.

So often when we think of God we think of God as transcendent–out there or up there.  Paul is calling us to remember that God is also within us.  And that His Spirit is there to guide us and lead us in life.

Too often we feel God is distant from us.  Maybe we have pushed God out there because we fear His closeness and intimacy.

The truth that Paul is telling us is that God is ever present with us and that God loves us and wants to guide us and help us have fulfilling lives.

We often dwell on God as being a parent figure and we are God’s rebellious adolescents.  We relate to God as a judge rather than a lover of us.  That image of God is also why we relate to God as “out there.”

We cannot escape God’s presence if we recall that God is within each of us — in every one God has created.  Remember we are created in God’s image and God’s image is a God of love.

Jesus came into this world to help us understand how near to us God’s Spirit is.  Jesus is God incarnate — in the flesh.

Once we realize God is in us there is no limit to what we can do and be.  As Paul says:  Watch “Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly more than all we can ask or imagine.”

This is why we need to get to know the power of God within us.  It means taking the time to become intimate with God ourselves.  God is our friend, not our parent.  God wants what is best for us.

Dag Hammershjold former leader of the UN once said — “Choose your limitations and surely enough they will be your limitations.”

We seem to live this way rather than realize the power of God to lead us to greater things than we can ask or imagine.

Let us heed what Paul’s is trying to tell us today.

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