Wednesday Word 2.13.2019

Ephesians 3:14-21 New International Version

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

This little prayer has so much to tell us. Sometimes the meanings get lost in the repetition and the way we use certain language every day. We hear words and phrases so often that their intention is diluted and we take them for granted. “Jesus loves me, this I know…” But do we? Do we live as though we know it? Do we live as though we believe it?

I sometimes struggle with the magnitude of this love. I think of all the poor choices and bad decisions. I think of all the times my tongue gets the better of me and my temper runs rampant. I think of all the “might have dones” that went undone. But, then I remember that this love is never about me at all.

We cannot comprehend the love Christ has for us. It is way beyond our capacity. We are too small, too petty and egocentric in our concept of love. It is a bigger thing than we can imagine. And it has absolutely nothing to do with you and me. If only we could take it in! I cannot see the molecules that swirl and vibrate and flood around me. Yet every time my heart beats, I draw in breath that pulls one kind of molecule from all that mass of creation, the kind that keeps me alive. God’s love is like that. It is swirling all around us, poured out like nectar to feed and sustain us. How can I change my life to reflect that kind of love? How can I even begin to show my gratitude?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki