Ephesians 3; Ezekiel 8-9; Isaiah 41
The Grand Canyon is an amazing place. You may have seen pictures or movies of it. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to go there. Some things never live up to the hype or the expectations we may have of them; the Grand Canyon surpasses any and all expectations when you actually have the chance to experience a visit. It is impossible to imagine ahead of time the vast expanse and the vast beauty of the Grand Canyon. As Paul sought to help the Ephesians understand God’s love, he didn’t have the Grand Canyon to use as an example. With that understanding there is no doubt that Paul would see the Grand Canyon as a small valley in comparison to the extent of God’s love. “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 14-19) The vastness of God’s love, which cannot be measured, is that which fills us. God’s love is so vast though, that when He fills us, it should overflow and spill out onto everyone we meet. God’s love extends throughout the ages and can’t be measured in time. It extends around the world: the height, depth, length and width of the world. And yet, all of that love is packed into each and every follower of Christ. It is not lessened when we give it away to others, it is multiplied. Let the vastness of God’s love which is far greater than anything we could imagine, overflow into your world today as you show it and share it with others.
Lord, remind me minute by minute of how great Your love is. Remind me that just as You love me, You love my neighbors, my family, and the people around me just as much. Remind me when people make me angry that You love them with all the riches of the love with which You have loved me.