Saturday, September 3, 2011

#7 - Inside Work

Read the verse backwards to get the good stuff out,” I've told many others. The verse is one of those diamonds in scripture that you want to be very careful you don't skip over; especially in these stressful days when employment is not all that available. The verse has an incredibly powerful work principle in it that you'll want to share with others.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”. The verse is referring to God's power working inside us, in the person of the Holy Spirit. We'll save the 'diamond' for last.

The part that we can savor, sort-of reading backwards, is the description of the Holy Spirit's abilities as He empowers our trusting obedience to God's will for us each day.

Begin with “He is able to do all that we ask or think.” Take time and dwell just on that much alone. With our employment searches and trials, isn't it a REAL comfort to know that God has the ability and is at work inside us – but we have to be very careful that our actions and attitudes give Him free rein. We have to get our stiff-necked selves out of His way.
Now take it up a notch by adding the previous word ABOVE to the above phrase. It then becomes, “He is able to do ABOVE all that we ask or think.” Now don't get in a big hurry. Try to visualize that word ABOVE; it's like 'more than' that only Heaven can make happen. But this all gets even better.

When we add the word ABUNDANTLY in front of above, we see that God does things in our lives, for our own good, that is not just better... that we think He can. No, God has big pockets and a big big heart of love for you and me. All of what we see all around us, God made for us. He made it all for us to learn how to be good stewards of His good gifts, and teach others how to do the same.

But the diamond in this verse is seen as we add the word EXCEEDING in front of the word abundantly. Exceeding is required, because our language doesn't have a word more powerful than 'abundantly' that even approaches the true description of God's power working within us. The two words, EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY form a 'doubly compounded word meaning super-superabundantly'.

It's like you and I have Heaven-sent rocket power within us... super-superabundantly. The key to remember about this power working inside us, is that we can very easily follow Satan's advice and squelch; turn off, this power. Not only can we turn off this power working within us, but we can also present a defeated testimony to others around us; many that are watching us, that we don't even realize.

As we labor over updating our resumes, fine-tune our attitudes for interviews, or just maintain a frustrating attitude at the work we are now doing, realize the real work to be done is to be done INSIDE us as we invite and praise God – The Holy Spirit to do His super-superabundantly work inside us. This doesn't mean we sit and sulk, but we need to be busy about doing our work and let God do His work (in and around us.)

This all becomes even more effective as we seek out work and stewardship principles in scripture. Share your diamonds with others. There are more than enough to go around. Job lost what we may think of, as his day job of leading and caring for others. But he still had his main job; his vocation of teaching others how to stay faithful in the roughest circumstances. He had the big job of teaching Satan, and other people, by his testimony. What is your testimony teaching others?