It has long been my custom to choose a Bible verse or passage as my theme for the year. For 2014, I choose this:
Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ep 3.20-21 NET
I like the NRSV’s rendering as “accomplish” in the place of “do.” But we’ll stick with the NET.
The statement is a challenge, a faith-statement, and a doxology.
- A challenge to step out and depend upon the power of God for our work.
- A statement of faith, of one who trusts in the Lord to make things happen.
- A doxology, praise for that which God will most certainly do.
All of us who serve in the kingdom, and I especially, need to hear and often repeat these words. We need to internalize it, because we often despair of the task before us, looking at our own strength.