by Debbie Brown
David and Goliath.
Moses and the Red Sea.
Joshua and Jericho.
The Bible contains some of the greatest stories ever told. Even non-Christians know these stories and have been impressed by the drama and characters. It’s easy to think of the people in the stories as heroic, larger than life -- even super-human. Their stories can become fairytales without recognizing how human each person in the Bible actually was.
We are told that the great prophet Elijah was a man just like us (James 5:17), but do we really believe that? Wasn’t there just something special about him that allowed him to do all the great and astonishing things he did? Something that we don’t have?
Let’s be honest. It makes being human feel a little easier, if you never have to expect greatness from yourself. And to a point, we would be right. A mere human could never have split the Red Sea, faced a deadly giant, or destroyed a city with a marching band.
The reality is we are not great on our own. But if we’re willing to be a vessel of His greatness, we can be used to do great things. In the first chapter of Luke, Mary is overwhelmed by the story God wanted to tell through her life. “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name.” (Luke 1:46-49 NIV)
But do we believe Mary was a normal girl, just like us?
In Ephesians, Paul shares a prayer he has for the believers. It’s an incredible prayer, asking for strength from the Holy Spirit, a grounding in the experience of Christ’s love, and for the fullness of God for each one of us. He finishes with a powerful declaration that many of us have clung to at times:
“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.” (Eph 3:20-21 NIV)
However, I’ve only just recently caught a major detail in this statement. Look at it again... how does God do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine?
“… according to his power that is at work within us.”
He does the great things that are beyond our imagination through us. His power in us. It’s not a magic wand over our situations, it’s His power at work within us. The fullness of God in us.
You were meant for greatness.
So what story does God want to tell through your life? What can He do with His power through you, if you let Him? Will you pray Ephesians 3:14-21 with me, and be willing to let God do immeasurably more than we can dream of through you?
To Him be the glory!