Do you ever get really excited about something and then, halfway through it, you wish you could back out? That’s how I visualize jumping out of an airplane with my brother. (He’s a skydive instructor.) I was thrilled with what we’re covering for this week’s message initially, but as I’m trying to craft this amazing passage into a message, I found myself stuck at every turn. I know, I know. I’m not exactly selling tomorrow’s message very well.
But that’s OK. I don’t need to sell it. It sells itself. Let me give you a peek at the passage.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith- that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3.14-21
My challenge is taking this wonderful prayer and trying to distill it into a coherent 30 minutes. The bulk of this is one sentence in Greek! It’s a beautiful passage that I leapt at the opportunity to teach upon, but halfway through I thought I wasn’t equal to the task.
I’ll give it my best shot, but if I’m really going to take this passage seriously, preaching isn’t the biggest issue anyways. It’s prayer; praying for God to strengthen you in your inner being and to help you grasp the amazing and endless love of God. Talk about praying big! I’m praying this for you – feel free to do the same for me!
And pray for those around you. There are discouraged believers in your life who need this strengthening in their hearts (inner being) and to be overwhelmed by God’s love. Pray that God would get through to them.
There are also those who don’t yet know Jesus in your life. Pray that His love would break through and they would come to know His amazing love. Pray that He would use us to share it!
See you in the morning,
- Father’s Day is next week. The Holy Grill is going to feed us a great breakfast at 9:00 and we’ll have a car show – we need entrants! – as well. We love classic cars, but we also like unique cars so, if you love your car, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you want in the show!