May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)
There was a story told of a young woman who had even at her young age developed an extensive public Christian ministry. She married, and had a child. The child was born with severe disabilities. She lamented for some time that she could no longer do the work she once did and could only find time to care for her disabled son.
God, and perhaps wise friends, had to tap her on the shoulder and remind her that caring for her son was just as valuable and legitimate a ministry as her earlier more recognised work. Much “ministry” is mundane; it doesn’t hit the headlines or make us famous.
We are more often than not called to obey and love Jesus by putting one foot ahead of the other and carry on regardless. Discipleship consists in bringing the heart and mind of Jesus into our very ordinary daily affairs.
But this is no recipe for boredom. As our text reminds us, we are empowered by a God who can work wonders and lift us over and above our normal human limitations. Those who walk in obedience to the Spirit of God can discern shafts of extraordinary happenings in the midst of our rather ordinary worlds.
In the end, God does not command us to do extraordinary things. He rather wants us to allow his extraordinary purposes to be accomplished in and through us.