In today’s passage, Paul prays that as our trust in Jesus grows, he will make his home in our hearts and that the roots of our faith will grow down deep into the love of God and so keep us strong in our new faith. I am struck by the process involved here. Becoming a strong believer or disciple takes a bit of time. A lifetime perhaps. Paul prays for his readers to experience the love of Christ even though it is too great for us to fully grasp with our minds. Paul is spelling out that faith is beyond intellectual understanding. It is possible to experience God’s love and base your whole life on it, without ever fully understanding how it actually works. Paul points out that it at this point of experience and faith, that true fullness of life is achievable. He goes further by saying that with Jesus at home in your heart, and your faith firmly rooted in the infinite love of God by your own experience, the mighty power of God is released within us to accomplish things far beyond what those without faith could ever believe possible.
Ephesians 3:12-20 NLT
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honoured. When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
My goal today is to take real comfort from the opening few lines of today’s passage. Firstly, because of my faith in my ever growing relationship with Jesus, I can be confident that God is with me and his power is a real force in my life. Secondly, I am reminded that Paul was imprisoned when he wrote these amazing words of encouragement, prayer and praise. I am encouraged again that life’s struggles and trials are the Lords way of refining our faith in him. Through our weakness his strength shines through. When we are no longer able to complete the task, his power is revealed and there can be no more doubt that our rescue and our very life comes from God who created us in his great love. I will cry out in my weakness to Jesus and wait patiently for the strength of the Lord whose love is beyond imagination.
Isaiah 43:14-45:10, Ephesians 3:1-21, Psalms 68:1-18, Proverbs 24:1-2