Today is my youngest son, Luke Kendall’s, birthday. He was born the year that we planted Indian Creek Community Church in 1985. Luke has always been a lion on John Trent’s personality profile. I think he was made for great things and for years I’ve prayed Ephesians 3:20 for him, Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare or ask to hope.
I chose that scripture out of a time of prayer where I asked God to give me a scripture to pray for Luke. I didn’t hear from God right away so I prayed often until I did. There was a point in time where I heard Eph. 3:20 very clearly. Since it took awhile to hear, I asked God several times if I heard right. I believe I did so that has become my payer for Luke.
In this scripture the focus is clearly on God and all the glory goes to Him. But if we will place our lives at His disposal then He can use us to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask to hope. That is a great promise because we can dare a lot and ask a lot but God can and will do even more if we stay within His will. I believe Luke is going to do great things for God–but here’s the deal. God gets to decide what is great.
Essentially greatness in the eyes of God is obedience. It is being faithful to His call not our plans. It is a heart that pursues God and as a result finds success as a by product. It doesn’t mean the person is always out in front, is the primary leader, gets the credit he believes he deserves, is known by the masses, is universally popular, eloquently skilled in speaking ability, etc, etc God decides on the definition of greatness.
God says interesting things about greatness like, the last shall be first; it is in our weakness that God can be seen strong; the meek will inherit the earth; you have to die to self to truly live and there is more but that is enough for now. Anyone can be great with God. There is a level playing field at the foot of the cross–thank God!
The thing is sometimes He blows our minds with how much He gives–it isn’t always about making due with little! He’s in the big things too.
Yep, it’s Luke’s birthday, and I’m praying Ephesians 3:20 for him–believing it is in progress too.