The fullness of God
...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21
We need to be reminded that there are times that we are tempted to think we're capable of calling the shots. We need to experience the reality that we do not have a corner on our own destiny. We are not capable of determining God’s overall plan for our own lives when we think we have the ability within to discern the detail of God’s encompassing plan across the centuries. We would do well if we "trust and obey" God on a day-to-day basis. This is what Paul was praying for Christians in Ephesus. Our Heavenly Father, who has riches unimaginable, can be the source of His children’s strength. His power flows through our veins, if we let it. We have but to ask and yield our life to God so He could do His work in us. The secret of obtaining this divine strength is to remember that it belongs to God. He controls it and directs it. Our task is but to be open channels to allow the Spirit to work through us. It is His “power that is at work within us.” God is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20). To sincerely request His help is to refrain from fighting Him by insisting, “I’d rather do it my way.” His power is beyond our direction. The Christian gives his life to His Lord. We sign the contract and God fills in the terms. We aren’t gambling, though, since we are signing a contract with our Father. He wants nothing less than the best for us and we want nothing less than to please Him. This is the fullness of God in our lives. When our life is rooted and established in God, we make Him proud of us. He will give us everything we need to accomplish everything He wills for us. His love is greater than our ability to comprehend it on our own, but He does not leave us on our own. Even so, Paul prays, you will be able to bring Him glory through your life and in the church because of His strength empowering you.
Noel De Guzman