Saturday, January 13, 2007

Ephesians 3:14-21

In today’s reading, Paul prays for the members of the Church in Ephesus to be strengthened in their inner beings with power through His Spirit and for them to be able to fully know and appreciate the full extent of God’s love. In Eugene Petersen’s The Message, he describes it as the extravagant dimensions of God’s love.

God’s love for us is truly extravagant. He cares about every hair on our heads and every minute of our lives. There is nothing too insignificant for His attention. This extravagant love and acceptance is available to us; it is our choice whether or not to open ourselves up to this love. God doesn’t push us or force us into a relationship with Him but gently pursues us and asks us to allow Him be a part of our lives. He knows there is a definite chance that we will reject Him or disappoint Him but He still makes Himself available to us. When we accept God’s offer, His Spirit lives within us and gently, lovingly brings about changes within us – strengthening our inner being.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians to know the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians so long ago is a prayer for all of us. In The Message, the verse is “Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” May we all be blessed with a life filled with the fullness of God.

Sue Reier

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