In the last two posts, we have committed our lives to Christ and we’ve signed a blank check for our Lord to use as He sees fit. But maybe we’re still sitting on the bench and we wonder when He will call us into the game. I believe that the Lord is still calling me to walk with Him – to know Him better – and to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Rooting refers to plants which are being grown. A root spreads out. Trees that have deep roots can withstand gale force winds and not be blown over. Sometimes we do not like to go through difficult times but these should be times to send our roots deep into the word of God to cling on to its truths so that we will remain strong and steadfast. When a storm blows up suddenly if we have not sent our root deep in the good times and bad we will face certain demise (destruction) We need to be ready at all times with our hearts in tune to God so that when the sudden storm of life hits, we will not be blown over and come to ruin because we were not ready. Jesus said that the thief (Satan) comes when we least expect it. We need to have built our foundation on solid rock.
The purpose for us to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit is so that Christ will live in our hearts. Jesus wants to live (abide) in our hearts so that our lives will gradually be more like his including the great spiritual power. The purpose of our spiritual power is not to use it for our glory, but to bring God glory. Matthew 5:16 says to “let your light shine before men so that they can see your good works and GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.”
Paul is praying that the Ephesians would experience a deeper fellowship with Christ. We should not be experiencing just a shallow relationship with God but our love and relationship with God should be an all consuming desire to experience the presence of Jesus Christ so strongly that we at times will fall down on our faces and cry out to God to restore our lives and help us.
God can only work with and in a completely dedicated person. Do you want to experience God’s complete love today? Do you want to be filled with God to overflowing so that God’s love will ooze out of our life to enrich others and give you satisfaction and wholeness. Cry out to God this morning with a simple prayer, “God please fill me with Your love and allow me the joy of passing that love on to everyone that You bring into my life.” If that is your prayer this morning, you will begin to grow and experience the fullness of God in your life. May God direct and show you what you can do to demonstrate the love that He has put in your heart by the very presence of Christ Himself.
- NIV Study Bible
- Incredible Riches of God’s Glory