Read Ephesians 1:18-21
18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called-his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else-not only in this world but also in the world to come. (NLT)
In our darker moments we may come to the conclusion that we are somehow beyond help. Others can make progress,not us. Our clinging sins,our ongoing addictions,our frequent faults,our unwise decisions disqualify us from getting any divine help. And even if divine help were offered,it would not do any good for poor old us.
Which is just what the evil one wants us to think. The Bible has other ideas. Paul writes here of the power that raised Jesus from death. The logic seems to be that if God could do that great thing,then surely our faults and failings are not beyond him. Can we really imagine God taking a look at us and remarking,”Well,I conquered death by raising my Son,and long ago I made the universe which I still sustain,but this individual has me stumped. I have met my match and can do no more”.
Even to say it is to realise how illogical it all is. God’s resurrection power is available to us. Not to instantly resolve all our problems or have our every wish granted. But his power is available to us to aspire towards our great goal: to be more and more like Jesus. No one is beyond help or beyond hope. There are no too-hard baskets. If we have a willingness to be changed,then we can be changed.