Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).
What is the “immeasurably more” that God has in store for your life? What are the things that He is going to bring to fruition in your life that you wouldn’t even think to ask for or dare imagine? What will be the result of the work he is doing within you?
These are questions I want you to start asking yourself because I’m beginning to question the same things.
It’s funny how obvious God’s work is when we look back on our lives yet how doubtful we can become as far as His work in our future. We’re so quick to look at our present circumstances and think, this must be it.
There couldn’t possibly be awesome things awaiting me. God isn’t going to use me to change the world. I’ll be lucky if I meet the right guy and find a job I actually enjoy that will pay the bills. I’ll scrape along like my parents have and my parents’ parents did before.
These are things I have often told myself, particularly in times when it seemed like nothing was going according to plan. Or at least, according to my plan.
Sure, He’s completely changed my life from the inside out and has provided for me physically, socially, and emotionally since birth. He has transformed me from a self-consumed brat to a woman whose heart contains love that she has no idea what to do with. He’s brought me an amazing group of friends and mentors who have challenged me and been there for me during the roughest times of my life. He’s given me a family that not only supports me with their wallets, but also supports my dreams by their encouragement and “nudge” to the next step in life. I went from thinking that money and fame was all that mattered to realizing that nothing in this world compares to the beauty of Christ and the eternity He has waiting for His beloved.
I’ve done three life-changing internships that involved me in ministry. He’s used me to speak to others and make a difference in people’s lives. Within the past year, I’ve been given several opportunities to use my vocal talent for the glory of God through worship. I’ve led Bible studies and fallen in love with an amazing group of middle schoolers that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and leading for over a year. I’ve had visions, I’ve had dreams, I’ve been given callings for my life. And I’m still just nineteen.
Yes, God has done all these things and more.
I say all these things not to boast, but to show you my weakness as a human who cannot truly perceive the work of God. Even though I can see such good that God has done in my life, I still forget and doubt His goodness. I still question if He’s really doing anything in my life.
And I know I must not be the only one. There are many who have been wondering if there is such a thing as the “immeasurably more” that Paul speaks of. Could God really have a great calling on our lives? Will He really do more than we could ever dream of?
I think the answer is already staring at us in the face.
He already has done immeasurably more, hasn’t he?
Look at your life. Look at where you started and where you are now. You most likely are not the same person you were when you first began your walk with God. In your former life, did you ever expect such grace and joy to fall over you? Did you ever expect such freedom?
We’ve already been given more than we could’ve asked for, yet we forget the power of God so easily. The truth is, we have NO IDEA what God has in store for us. The dreams you used to have can still become a reality. They may not look how you imagined, but God knows the desires of our hearts and what will truly bring us the joy and peace we’re searching for. He knows what to do with the dreams we’ve discarded and questioned.
It’s time to find that faith again. We may not know what this “immeasurably more” is, but we know whose hands will deliver it.