For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Who am I? Where did I come from? And where am I going? These are the questions of life that desire a response. Many people, philosophies and religions offer answers. Have you resolved these questions for yourself? Does your answer give you identity, a sense of purpose and direction?
Paul of Tarsus had answers to these questions. He knew who he was, where he was going and what he was doing. He expertly lived the law of God but was knocked off a horse by a blinding light so he could experience God. Even though he had purpose and identity figured out for himself, God aligned his life with Jesus, gave him an identity in Christ and a purpose spreading the good news to all the known world of the time. Ephesians 3:14-21 is a prayer of Paul’s for all people to know God and experience relationship with him. Are you like Paul, thinking you know all about God and have all the answers? Maybe. But, like Paul we need to also experience him to have purpose, identity and intimacy in him and with him. Our experience with God forms our opinion about him and affects our intimacy with him. Pray these verses in Ephesians for yourself and others.
In the late 1960s, early 1970s there was a revival in America. Those who experienced Jesus were sometimes called Jesus Freaks. I was one of those. You could say I had a relationship with Jesus but not much knowledge of him. It has taken a lifetime of intentional Bible college, Bible study, reading, instruction and prayer to know more about God. Even though we can seek him and experience him our whole life, we humanly cannot know all of him. But doing so gives us purpose and identity, now and for eternity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Trinity) invite us into the fullness of their relationships and the depth of their love.God created us for a reason, to know him and enjoy him forever. We were designed to live with God and grow in intimacy with him. He loves us and has a process to make us to be like him. As you listen to this song Run to the Father remember what you know about fullness in him and experience intimacy of life with him.
By Donna Burns