Our passage today offers a beautiful picture into the heart of Paul for the Ephesian church. For three chapters he has been discussing the gospel: what it is and what it means for us. Chapter four begins looking at how the gospel actually plays out in the church, the family, and other arenas. But before he starts unpacking that, he articulates a prayer that many will find encouraging today.
What does Paul pray for this church? You might think that he would pray that this church would reach more people for Christ, for protection against persecution, or for doctrinal purity (and those are all good things to pray for!) But what Paul prays for is that this church would be strengthened as they dwell on Jesus through the power of the Spirit. What Paul wants more than anything is that they would know Christ; that they would have a full understanding of the treasure they have in Him. He wants them to be filled with all the fullness of God (v. 19).
Even though this letter was written thousands of years ago, it is still relevant for us today. We need this same prayer prayed for us! We need this same prayer to be true of us! If you’re like me, you need the continual encouragement to pursue God like that. What is the biggest thing that gets in your way of Christ dwelling in your heart? Is it a lack of focus? A desire for something lesser than God? Something you’ve been not willing to deal with for a long period of time? Whatever it might be, know that because of Jesus, your sin is not too much, and you haven’t gone too far. It might even be as simple as you confessing that you’ve been operating out of your own power instead of the power of the Spirit.
I spent time while writing this, praying for each one of you who will be reading, that you would know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, and that you may be filled with all the fullness of God today. Can you imagine a church that is filled with people who want nothing more than that? There’s no telling what God could do with us if He is our greatest desire. May God do that in us today!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice