Our Bible verse for today: “This grace was given to me – the least of all the saints – to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things. This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.” Ephesians 3:8-10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Experience the depth and richness of His love.”
In the first half of Ephesians Chapter Three the Apostle Paul tells us that God gave him the privilege of revealing and explaining previously concealed spiritual mysteries about the grace and love of God. Paul’s ministry consisted of explaining God’s great love and grace, as revealed in Christ Jesus, and then leading Christians to grow in their understanding and experience of that love and grace. Author John Eldridge once described this learning and growing process as “a journey into the heart of God and toward the recovery of our own hearts.”
In my second book, “Walking with Paul: A Journey Through the Lessons of Ephesians”, I dedicated an entire chapter to exploring what Paul was teaching us about this. If you don’t have a copy of that book but would like one, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send you one. The cost is $12.95 plus shipping, and the profits go to the Oak Hill Baptist Church mission fund.
After explaining his mission of revealing and teaching the love and grace of God so they could experience it in their own lives, Paul then ended the chapter with a wonderful prayer that I want to share with you this morning. I pray that what Paul prayed here for the Ephesians has also been happening for you as a result of our devotional series about “Living a life of love”. In Ephesians 3:16-19 Paul wrote:
I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”