Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
— Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
We don’t use God. He uses us. God asks us to let Him live through us—not to live for Him. When we live for Him out of a sense of duty, we serve Him out of our own ability instead of His strength. When we allow Him to live through us, He does abundantly more than we could ask or think.
Christ has given us an exchanged life—not a changed life. He exchanged our sins for His righteousness. We are new. The old is gone. When we surrender our will—our reasoning—our perception to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide and empower us, Christ lives through us. We serve Him out of His power at work within us. Serving Him flows out of faith instead of duty. It becomes a joy because everything rests on Him.
Yes, God does abundantly more than we reason or think, but we must not forget the whole verse. He does abundantly more through us when we surrender to Him. God doesn’t want us burned out from duty. He wants us fulfilled in His grace.
Surrendering to God is surrendering to all of Him. It is allowing the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, gentleness, and patience—to flourish in your life. Your surrender is not a pick-and-choose surrender. Don’t refuse what the Holy Spirit wants to do in your life. Don’t reject receiving the gifts that He wishes to bestow on you. Deny any fear. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach and guide and empower you as He never has before. Allow Him to challenge your human reasoning and reveal Himself to you.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV).
God uses as much of you as you allow.