Wednesday, 19 February 2014

What's Wrong With Me?


What’s Wrong With Me?

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. 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, 19 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

In this passage the Apostle Paul has laid out a banquet of offerings upon which I can feast as a child of our risen Lord.  First Paul prays that I (and you) will be strengthened with power through the Spirit.  Then he proceeds to lay out the implications of what that means, i.e. I (and you) am indwelt by Christ and that such indwelling enables me to be rooted in love and filled with the fullness of God. 

I am safe in assuming that God not only heard Paul’s prayer but responded in the affirmative.  The paragraph above describes the kind of person that God has designed me to be yet there are far too many times when I don’t feel “strengthened with the power of the Holy Spirit”.  I find I can’t begin to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ which explains to some extent my continued struggle to be obedient to His will.  John 14:15 says, ”If you love me you will obey my commands.”

I continue to get frustrated when confronted with challenges, irritated when people don’t respond the way I think they should respond and discouraged when what I want for the Kingdom doesn’t seem to materialize.  I won’t bother listing all my shortcomings because this could become a book instead of a blog.

I think you get the ugly picture. I can only conclude one thing, my love for God is nowhere near what it needs to be if I am to respond to life in a way that pleases God.  I must stop using my values and beliefs as the standard to which I hold others but instead use God’s love for me as the standard by which I see others.

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