Today, I’m reminded that God is bigger than I am, more passionate about His Kingdom than I will ever be, and able to do far more than I could even dream of asking Him to do. But I’m also reminded that He wants to involve us and wants us to dream big.
Ephesians 3:20 says “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.”
In diving deeper into this verse, I found the following commentary:
We can ask every good of which we have heard, every good which God has promised in his word; and we can think of, or imagine, goods and blessings beyond all that we have either read of or seen: we can imagine good things to which it is impossible for us to give a name; we can go beyond the limits of all human descriptions; we can imagine more than even God has specified in his word; and can feel no bounds to our imagination of good, but impossibility and eternity: and after all, God is able to do more for us than we can ask or think; and his ability here is so necessarily connected with his willingness, that the one indisputably implies the other; for, of what consequence would it be to tell the Church of God that he had power to do so and so, if there were not implied an assurance that he will do what his power can, and what the soul of man needs to have done? (Clarke)
I read this and believe that God wants us to dream big! Here are a few takeaways:
1. We should be be asking and imagining. The verse says “to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” It’s implied that we are already asking and imagining. Are we?
2. We should dare to pray big. It’s God’s prerogative on how He’ll use us, but we know He’s able to do not only more than we ask, but more than we can even think to ask. So let’s dream of how we can join God in a big way. We’re not doing this in a spirit of discontent with where He has us now, but in faith and anticipation of what He could do through us if we trusted Him for it.
3. Don’t ask or imagine based on today’s reality. God can provide whatever He wants. Look at how He provided food in the story of the fish and loaves. He wasn’t constrained by the limitations of circumstances. We can’t look at what’s possible right now and say “if only _____ wasn’t this way, this could happen.” We have to rely on God to provide and open doors.
4. Dreaming must become part of our rhythm and part of our conversation with God. We can’t only talk to God about what is true today, but begin to talk with Him about tomorrow. How will He use us, and where do we need to grow to be used.
5. God’s going to use us, but we need to take steps and engage. We can ask for God to open doors, provide resources, and give us creativity, but if doors are already open, resources already available, and ideas already had, then He’s already provided. We need to step forward and utilize the opportunities that He’s already given.