Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21
Key verse: (19b) that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Reflection: “Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” This is what we yearn for: to be filled to the brim of our being with all the fullness of God. This is what God yearns for us on our behalf. What an incredible feeling that would be! Paul takes us through the progression of getting to this point. More specifically, Paul prays us through …
First, that God would strengthen us with the power of the Spirit in our inmost being. Secondly, that Jesus might fill and dwell in our hearts. Thirdly and lastly, that we might be grounded in love and rooted in love. God’s strengthening, Christ’s indwelling, and the foundation of love are inseparable; any of these entail the other two.
It is by love that God strengthens us. It is in love that Christ dwells in and fills our hearts. It is through love our lives can be founded upon a firm foundation. This divine love is not knowledge gained by private study or measured by completing faithful check-lists, as if our work produces God’s fullness and love. Although these are fruitful, this divine love is learned through the fellowship and community of the church. It is a love that surpasses knowledge. I pray for a love beyond knowing, a love of being.
Now, as limitations are lifted and as states begin to reopen, I wonder what fellowship and community might look like. I wonder how the church can remain grounded in love and continue to grow in the soil of love even in the uncertainties of life. Imagine how you may use Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians as a guide.
Prayer: God, the Father of faith and the Mother of mercy: I pray that out of your glory and grace my inner being may be strengthened with the power of your Spirit, so that Christ may fill my heart. Amen.
Author: Ben Brannan
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].