“Immeasurably More” - our church family has heard these words a lot this year. If you’re like me, it can be tempting to tune out or skip ahead on the things we hear over and over. But I wonder - what if we really believed this verse over our whole lives? What if we let Ephesians, Chapter 3, verses 16 through 21 soak into our everyday moments ... let the mantra run through our minds and hearts each morning before we did anything else and kept it in front of us, undistracted - what could that look like?
What if God could strengthen us with His power (v.16) -
Because we can’t do all the things, but to be obedient in the things He has called us to and be willing to leave anything else behind. Even - no, especially, when it means our own glory.
What if He would truly dwell in our hearts through faith (v.17) -
In those places we don’t trust that He is enough. Over our finances, our mental and physical health, our doubts. The things we know that we need to hold onto for the safest keeping because we believe that He can be trusted, but only to a point.
What If we were rooted and established in love (v.17)
At our work, business, or places we spend our days. Places where we feel overworked and looked over. The dark places and the lighter ones. With relentless deadlines or bosses or stress.
What if we believed we had the power to comprehend how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (v.18) -
Not just for ourselves but for our neighbors. Our literal across-the-fence, around-the cul-de-sac neighbors and the ones with whom we share a zip code, school system, SEC affiliation, social network or planet.
What if God really could do more than we could ask or imagine (v.20) -
Within our families - families we wish were bigger or not as complex. Relationships that ‘should’ be the most meaningful but instead feel the most uncomfortable. Connections frayed by neglect, abuse, distrust, or dislike. Families broken by choice or by force.
He can do it!
Church, let’s walk into 2019 believing it, claiming it, holding it as a banner and heart cry over one another.
“To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (v.21)