Paul speaks more of the power of God in our lives in chapter 3, and again it’s in the form of a prayer request for them:
“that he may grant you according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person,” LEB (Eph 3:16)
Four verses later he says that God “is able to do beyond all measure more than all that we ask or think, according to the power that is at work in us” LEB (Eph 3:20).
We who have come into a personal relationship with God, who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have the power of God working in us. Answered prayer is one of the areas where we’re able to see it and experience it the most. Those who have an especially close walk with God will receive answers to their prayers in ways that others can’t, and won’t….perhaps even miraculous answers to prayer.
The power to walk in victory over sin and worldly pursuits is available, but we have to yield, with our eyes of faith set firmly on Him. We have to make up our minds what it is that we truly value. What we value most will be seen in the things that we pursue the most. We can talk all we want to about how much we love the Lord, but it’s how we spend our time and what we seek that reveals the true nature of that love.
“according to the working of his mighty strength which he has worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating [him] at his right hand in the heavenly [places],”
The power that saved us, the power that we have to live the Christian life, all the wonderful spiritual blessings that we have in Christ, is the same power, the same “mighty strength” that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father.
The same power and mighty strength that raised Christ from the dead, is the same that raised us up to new life. Furthermore, this same power and mighty strength that seated Christ on His throne in Heaven, is the same that seated us with Him! :
“and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” NAS (Eph 2:6)
We’ve died with Christ, been raised to new life with Christ, and are now seated with Christ in Heaven. We just have to get it settled in our minds that this world is not our home. That which characterizes the born-again believer in Christ is not worldly things, but heavenly things. Paul tells us that our “life is hidden with Christ in God,” and that we are to “seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” LEB (Col 3:1-4)
We are to “seek the things above” because that is where we are, with Christ. Heaven is our true home. That is our inheritance. We’re just passing through this life in order to prepare us for the next. We’re always to be living out who we are in Christ, and according to our citizenship.
If God sees us as seated with Christ now, as if already there, what sense does it make to be living for the same things that the people of this world value? The life of the world is for those of the world. It’s not appropriate for us to seek the things of this world, of this life. That’s not who we are. Our identity is in Christ. Therefore, we are to identify ourselves not with the world, but with Christ and His Kingdom. We are to live in this world as though it was actually the Kingdom of Christ and being ruled by Him (Col 1:13).
Once the full realization hits us that we truly are dwelling in the Kingdom of Christ, and serving Him as our King, it will completely change our viewpoint of this world and how we live our lives.