Right Place, Right Time

Ephesians 3:16:
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened {krataiothenai} with power {dunamei} through his Spirit in your inner being…

dunamei=potential for functioning in some way
krataiothenai = The basis of this verb {krataeo}, has as one of its nuances “to have the use of.” And the verse says that the strength comes THROUGH the Spirit.

Since the verb is passive (as shown by the “thenai” ending), that means that WE are the objects… WE have the POTENTIAL for FUNCTIONING in STRENGTH as long as the SPIRIT HAS USE OF US.

It’s like surfing: the power is from the wave; the motion comes from being in the right place on the wave – the surfer cannot control the power; rather, they can only attempt to be in the right place to be moved BY the power.

This makes me think of the initial point that I believe Paul is making in this Ephesians passage: he longs for the church at Ephesus to be secure in their faith; to be right where the need to be for the Spirit to use them and to teach them “to be filled with all the fullness of God”.

How much do we miss of the fullness of God because we focus on things which don’t satisfy? Or we’re convinced that we’re in control (when we’re not), and so we make decisions which draw us out of the center of God’s will for us?

It’s such an odd thought – that we would become LESS controlling of our own attempts to do God’s will, so that we are free to be used by the Spirit to do God’s will. As frustrating as it is, we need to learn to stay OUT of the driver’s seat, and just enjoy the ride as the Lord moves us where God wants us to be… to do the works that have been prepared for us to walk around “in”. (Ephesians 2:10)


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