In just a few days we will be celebrating Christmas and then 2014 begins. I imagine that, for many of us, this year will seem to have passed at a frantic pace. We’ve probably all known times of rejoicing, and also of regret, or disappointment… But how do we want to live, on what do we want to base our lives each day that God in His grace has granted us? Do we long for ‘more of God’ in our lives?
To ‘be filled with all the fullness of God’ is what Paul prays for and desires for the Ephesians. This is what he asks God for them in chapter 3 v. 14-20:
‘For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through the Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ NIV
To be strengthened – we need to be strengthened by God in our daily walk with Him.
To be indwelt – we need Christ to take a greater place in our lives.
To be established- we need to grow in our love for God and for others.
And to know the immensity of God’s love and to be filled with His Presence.
God alone can do this in us. The question is: do we want it? At this Christmastime, may we rediscover the gift of love that God has given us in Jesus and be amazed once more. May we proclaim and spread this love around us – why not with a calendar from a BEM bookshop or your local Christian bookshop? And all through the New Year, may we seek to dwell in the reality of the life that God has given us, in His grace, filled and led by Him, and for His glory only.
May this prayer be ours – for ourselves, for our brothers and sisters, and for His Church.
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