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The Generosity of God

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Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21
 
Notice the phrase in our text, “to Him who is able to do far more.”  When is the last time you found yourself praising God for the routine of your life?  So often we mistake a routine for a rut and start to ask for a new adventure.  However the truth of Scripture reveals that when God calls people they’re always involved in a routine.  You can’t just sit around on your blessed assurance waiting for the next bold adventure.  I heard a preacher say one time, “God can’t steer a parked car with it’s motor turned off.” 
 
We look at out text and think, “Well when is God going to do things far more abundantly than I could ask or think?  I’m tired of being stuck in this same old routine.”  What we have failed to realize is that being faithful in the routines of life demonstrate something about our character.  If we are going to be faithful to God it’s not going to be all goose bumps and warm fuzzies.  It’s while we are serving in the routine that God shows up with those marching orders that are far beyond what we could ask or think of. 
 
I praise God for this text today because we are reminded that He hears all our prayers, but He doesn’t answer all of them because in His generosity He wants to do more.  That’s exciting until we look at this big thing God wants to do and then get scared wondering how it’s going to get done.  Again, notice in our text "according to the power at work within us."  It’s never been our plan and it will never be completed in our power.  It is God’s power working within us that brings the focus back on Him resulting in glory to His name and not our organizations.
 
Because God loves us He never let’s us settle.  As we realize His power at work within us our testimony sounds a lot like the psalmist who said in Psalm 63:3, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”   "...to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
 
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