November Memory Verse
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
We all underestimate our God. The Apostle Paul indirectly reminds us of this and, in his letter to the Ephesians, paints a picture of the calling and conduct of the Church. After explaining the “why” of the Church in chapters 1-3, Paul seems to be overcome by the Holy Spirit’s revelation as these verses
(Ephesians 3:20-21) burst forth to serve as the high-water mark. While the preceding verses (14-19) neatly serve as a foundation to the depth of our memory verse, Paul goes on to expound upon the proper conduct of the Church in the last three chapters.
Paul seems to invest more time in the people of Ephesus than any others on his journeys. Likely, he senses their willingness to grasp the meaning of Christ-inspired living and functioning as a church. Paul humbly kneels “before the Father” (verse 14). He asks for strength and knowledge on their behalf—a meaningful example of trusting God to work in and through others. Paul prays that the Spirit would provide them with power in their “inner being” (the same “incomparably great power” that Ephesians 1:19-21 states raised Jesus from the dead). He reminds them of the blessing of being in Christ, that is, having Christ “dwell in their hearts through faith” (verses 16-17).
Paul embeds reliance on and reference to the Trinity, which he eloquently summarizes in our memory verse. But what is the purpose of this foundation to the believer’s understanding? The answer rests in Paul’s experience of God’s immeasurable love and his intent to glorify Him through the Church.
Our God, who is infinitely able, can do anything! Our memory verse illustrates that God’s work and purpose extend far beyond what our finite hearts and minds can begin to ask for or even imagine. Thankfully, God is not expecting us to do anything to earn His favor, but rather He continually dips us in His grace. Paul reminds us that what He does best (and He did first) is to love. The core of Paul’s prayer (verses 17-19) is that the Ephesians be “rooted in love” and grasp the depth of Christ’s love for them.
Yes, in this life, we too underestimate God’s love for us. But, one day, we will experience overwhelming surprise and joy at the extent of its measure when we come face to face with Jesus (1 Corinthians 13:12).
by a First Church deacon