September 24, 2014
Daily Advance – Weekly Column
By D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D.
President – Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us.
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
More. We live in a “more” society. We all want more. We really like more of this or more of that. If we have a boat, we want a bigger boat. If we have a job, we want a better paying job. If an investment is earning a single digit return, we want a double digit return. If our business is growing, we want it to grow more. If we have a good cell phone, we want the one that is coming out next month.
Our spiritual leaders often remind us that “more” envy is evil. They appropriately suggest that we should learn to be satisfied with our lives. Like Paul, we should learn “to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). But alongside that contentment, we also realize that we are in partnership with “him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
I like the way Agur states his desires before the Lord: “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:7-9).
So, perhaps, when we hear the words “immeasurably more” we need to reboot our minds to think not of things that are temporary, but of things that are eternal. God is ready to use ordinary people to accomplish great things so that others can know just “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18). God is seeking to have his love known to everyone through our lives.
So let’s desire more. No, let’s desire immeasurably more! After all we have the power of the Spirit of God at work in us. So I boldly say, “I want more.” Let me be clear. I want so much more that you will not be able to measure it. I want more. Will you join me? Together let’s look for more ways to make the love of God known. Let’s take more time to help someone. Let’s take more time to pray for someone. More time to love … desiring more is not always bad.
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