Friday, 10 January 2014

Endless Energy & Boundless Strength

But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! Ephesians 1:17-18 The Message

Most often the letters of the Apostle Paul express an appreciation for the support that he has received from the family of believers as he does beginning in verse 15.  But what struck me about this particular petition is Paul’s strong desire that the followers of Christ be able to grasp the immensity of the glorious way of life He has planned for them and recognize the extravagance of God’s work in His creation.  Finally Paul prays for endless energy and boundless strength for those who put their trust in Him.

I realize that I fall woefully short when I begin to ponder the immensity of the glorious way of life God has in store for me and all born again believers.  I can’t begin to truly fathom the extravagance of God’s work in creation.  At my age you can forget endless unless its trips to the doctor and boundless strength sounds like an oxymoron.

What difference does it make?  Isn’t it enough that I profess to love Jesus; that I desire to do His will; and to bring glory to Him, particularly as it pertains to how I relate to my wife?  No it is not sufficient to profess and desire.  Professing versus truly believing to my core; desiring versus being committed to whole heartedly doing are worlds apart.  Yet if I could truly grasp the immensity of what is in store for me, if I could truly have the slightest inkling of how extravagant God’s work is then my response to daily life and my family would be profoundly changed - as it should be. 

In Ephesians 3:16-18 Paul offers yet another prayer for his supporters ending with “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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,”

The more that you and I can begin to really understand, as best as our finite minds will allow, the width, length and depth of God’s love for us the better able we will be to serve Him, to love Him with all our soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Oh, by the way, your spouse is your   closest neighbor!

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