Today’s Reading: Ephesians 3
I love the third chapter of Ephesians. It goes on to talk about God’s plan of salvation for the Gentiles, God’s plan for the Church and God’s plan for our lives. Dear God, help us to empty out all of the messages the evil one is screaming at us and hear only Your voice right now as we read from Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus. Amen.
And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 3:6
Did you hear that? We are part of the body of Christ just as the Jews are – God’s holy people whom He chose and whom He loves. In the same way, He chooses us and loves us. We belong to the One who loved us enough to die on the cross for us. Salvation is available for ALL of us. Paul goes on to explain why.
God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display His wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. – Ephesians 3:10-11
There are things going on in the spiritual realm that we do not fully understand, but what we do know is that our God is supreme and mightier than any other power out there. Let’s look back at Ephesians 1:21 – Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come.
Now here is one of my favorite verses because it is what I experience each morning as I pour my morning coffee and sit down to spend time with God. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY into God’s presence (Eph. 3:12). Those words mean so much to me. What a privilege that we are invited into the presence of the most holy God! Paul had the same reaction. Please soak in the incredible description of what happens as we spend time in God’s presence.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and earth. I pray that from His glorious, UNLIMITED resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. – Ephesians 3:14-19
What happens when I spend time in God’s presence? He empowers me with inner strength through His Spirit. He makes His home in my heart as I trust in Him. My roots grow down into God’s love and keep me strong. He gives me the power to understand just how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is – that’s the same love that is keeping me strong when I’m connected to the vine and my roots are growing. It has no limits! His resources are glorious and unlimited!!! (Take a minute to reread this paragraph and accept it as truth in your life.)
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. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
May you experience the love of Christ today as He makes you complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from Him. May you understand that God is able and loves you enough to do “immeasurably more” or to “accomplish infinitely more” than you could possibly ask or think. He loves you enough – He chose you and made you a part of His body so that you could enjoy the “promise of blessings” for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
When the enemy tries to discourage you today, speak these truths out loud. Remind Him who you belong to and how much He loves you! Consider again Ephesians 3:14-19:
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19 (The Message)