05/22

Grace: It’s Beyond Me

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Ephesians 3:20

Grace is the God-factor that not only completes who we are, but also takes us above and beyond what we could ever do on our own.

In Ephesians 3:20 there are two words that have been translated as exceedingly abundantly in one translation (NKJV). It has also been translated immeasurably more (NIV), infinitely more (NLT), as well as more plenteous, far more and much more. The Amplified version translates it like this, “superabundantly, far over and above.” All these words describe God’s grace, His ability and His willingness to take us above and over and beyond what we can do.

Both words in the original language come from a root word meaning “over, above and beyond.” The second word means superabundant, excessive, overflowing, surplus, superfluous, extremely more, over and above, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient. This word is also found in John 10:10 where Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

When we put these two words together it is like saying that God is more than more than enough! We do not want to limit God. His grace is able to take us over, above and beyond anything that we could ever do. He is able to do more than what we could ask for. He is able to do more than we could ever think, dream, hope, pray, desire or imagine. More! God’s grace is about more. God’s grace is about going beyond us. God’s grace is going beyond our ability, beyond our resources, beyond our strength, beyond our knowledge, beyond our strategies, beyond our goodness with His goodness, His plans, His understanding, His power, His provision, and His ability. Do we know who our God is? Do we know that this amazing God wants to work on our behalf? Do we know that this infinite Creator wants to do more than meet our needs, to fulfill us, to satisfy us – God wants to pour His grace on us so that it overflows! Our God is more than more than enough!

God’s grace is literally beyond me. God is bigger than me, much, much bigger. All He wants is for me to trust Him enough to let Him be my God. All He wants is for me to stop living independently of Him, and to find life in reliance upon Him as my God, my Creator, my Father. His grace is His desire to love me with all that He is, all that He has, and all He can do.

Application: Let go and let God. Is there an area where you feel that you are lacking? Ask God to reveal His grace and to go beyond you.

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