And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19
Paul conveys a sense of urgency to believers in the city of Ephesus. Through a beautiful and powerful prayer, Paul asks God to help them grasp “how wide and long and high and deep” God’s love is for them through Jesus. Paul knows their lives will change if they can truly know and be filled with this love through God’s power. Paul knows what a full encounter with the love of Christ can do because he’s lived it. He went from persecutor to pastor. From God’s enemy to friend. He desires the early church to experience this radical change through Christ.
We may wonder if we can ever truly grasp the depth of God’s love for us and live it out. God transforms us from the inside out as we allow ourselves to be loved by God. Receiving love can be a foreign experience for us. We may see love as conditional because that’s how it was modeled in our childhood. It is challenging not to take the wounds we’ve experienced into our relationship with God. We can quickly think God will love us IF we serve, give, pray or read the Bible more. Rather than living out the truth that “he loves us, so we’re good,” we flip to “we’re good, so he loves us.”
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Listen to the Ada Bible Worship Team sing, “The Solid Rock.” Ask God to help you live out this truth: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness.” Thank him that you can stand on Christ, the Solid Rock who loved you so much he died for you.
2023 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.
February is SABBATH. Keep track of our spiritual practices at beyondtheweekend.org/spiritualpractices.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.