Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:
"Though I am the least deserving of all God's people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ."
These words written from the hand of Paul, a man who was against Jesus Christ and anyone following Jesus Christ until Paul stood on a road blinded by Christ's glory. (After Jesus Christ had been crucified.)
Do you hear the open and vulnerable admittance? The least deserving. Privileged to tell about the endless treasures available in Christ.
He goes on to say because of the death and resurrection of Christ we (all of us) can come boldly and confidently into God's presence.
Stop and Think about that:
Through our vulnerability we can come boldly and confidently.
I always find that reassuring. I need not puff myself up before coming before God. I need not concern myself about what I've accomplished or the lack thereof. I can come in my vulnerability.
I can come shattered. I can come disheartened. But I can also come when I have found His grace and am walking in it. I can come and find relationship with God no matter what season I am in. No matter what my life looks like, or doesn't look like.
What do I find when I take this step of vulnerable courage to stand before God with Jesus as my covering? He makes himself available to me.
"From his glorious, unlimited resources he empowers us with inner strength through his Spirit." vs. 16.
As I trust in him, he makes his home in my heart.
Can you just hear that in a song? I can. (oops! I got sidetracked there for a second! Praising God in song.)
I find a great comfort trusting in him. By trusting in him I offer an invitation to him: Come, abide (make his home) in my heart. Then, I am rooted into God's love. And God's love is deep and wide. Like all trees given depth and width for root growth the roots remain strong through the storms.
This love of God is too much for me to understand. And in truth it is too much for anyone to understand. Anyone who says they understand this love does not know the unfathomable love of God. Because the definition of unfathomable is 'incapable of being fully explored or understood.'
That means that no one understands it. No not one.
Isn't that where TRUST comes in? And in the TRUSTING Him, He gives us understanding that this love we cannot understand still measures wider, longer, higher and deeper than any other love.
When this happens I, you, any who "experience the love of Christ will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." vs 19 ⏤ words to ponder.
Love so full of life. Love directly from God to me, to you.
20. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
21. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Quotes taken from Ephesians 3 NLT
So, I ask you: Do you really know that because of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection you can come with boldness and confidence before God?
The Son of God, Jesus Christ. His conquering death gives us entrance into relationship with God.
I encourage you, if you have not before, do just that. Go to Him through that blood that was spilt for you. Ask him to come and cover you with redemption love.
Open His word and let Him speak to you.
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