Reflecting God: His Fullness

We’re staying with the same text as last week. It is full of God’s fullness.

14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 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. 18 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. 19 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.
20 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. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. 
Ephesians 4:14-21, NLT

Have you ever thought of becoming an ant? Stuffing all your humanness into a little tiny body of a worker ant, nothing so glorious as the queen ant. No, I haven’t been watching the movie, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

I was reading the verses above and wondering why and how the Creator of heaven and earth was willing to send His Son to shrink into being fully human, and a tiny, helpless baby born in the roughest of stables at that. I know the why—He did it for me, and for you, and for everyone who turns to Him as our Savior. We can’t earn our way to heaven, because we can’t stop sinning. And God loves us so much, He was willing to become one of us to pay for our sins. That’s the why—AGAPE LOVE. And I don’t really have to know how, just that God gave us this wonderful through His great sacrifice.

Then I got to verse 19. How can I possible be complete with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. I’m too small, too puny, too weak, too sinful…

I asked my walking partner early this morning, “How can this be?” Her answer came out of a devotional she had read the day before, written by Jonathan Cahn. It gave me a picture I’m going to try to reproduce for you—you’ll see it Thursday.

THINK ABOUT IT

  • Paul was writing a letter to the Ephesians, and he had to stop because he was thinking about something, and he needed to pray for God for clarity, for the right words, and just to be in conversation with the Lord. Why do you think he told us that he stopped to pray?
  • I was struck be seeing the Trinity in these verses: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Underline and label the three Person of God.
  • What do you think is the key verse here for you today? My walking partner and I talked about verse 20, and how it could be considered our “marching orders” for life.
  • Is it okay that we don’t understand? the Trinity? Jesus was both God and man? Just how did God create the heavens and the earth? How does God’s fullness make us complete when we can’t possibly contain it in our frail selves?

PRAY WITH ME

Lord, we pray “fill me” without understanding how that is even possible, because it is beyond our human comprehension. We ask you into our hearts and souls, to help us throw away the “old man” and become new in You. We praise you for being the Great I Am, too big and powerful for us to even comprehend a small part of who You are, and yet You love us. You provide for all our needs. You grant us Your power and authority through the Holy Spirit who lives is us as Your temple. And You give us glimpses of who You are, and reassure us, “Don’t be afraid.” Glory to God in the church, in the Holy Spirit living in us, and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

HOW THIS WORKS

What kind of learner are you: oral, visual, kinesthetic, numeric, spacial…?

Today we read God’s words, we breathe them in, we bask in the light of God’s truth and love. And as we ruminate, we think about how we can share this Good News with someone else. It might be a song, a poem, a work of art, or our praises we whisper to the heavens as we walk the dog outside in the glorious world He made.

Today we read God’s words, we breathe them in, we bask in the light of God’s truth and love. And as we ruminate, we think about how we can share this Good News with someone else. It might be a song, a poem, a work of art, or our praises we whisper to the heavens as we walk the dog outside in the glorious world He made.

Please, share it with me! Send me an email with a picture of whatever way you have chosen to reflect God’s words this week. My email address is KSEvenhouseWWV@gmail.com. I’ll share my responses and yours, if you send them, on Thursday.

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