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14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19
Christianity is not a solo sport. It’s not skiing, golf, or bowling. My point is, it’s a team thing that God has designed. We’re on a team. You were never meant to get this done by yourself. That’s why Paul prays in Ephesians 3:18, “that you . . . may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (my underline). “Where’s that gonna happen? I want that.”
We need to remember that “you” in English can be singular or plural. The folks in the southern regions of the U.S. have a great expression—“y’all”—meaning “you-all” plural. Read today’s passage again but replace each “you” with a “y’all” and each “your” with a “y’all’s.” Now y’all are getting the picture! When Paul was praying for the Ephesian church (and the rest of us), he was praying for us as a group made up of individuals. God sees you as part of His Church, part of His body—not some lone ranger, superhero living for Him.
So, how does the “you” (singular) become y’all in experience? This passage tells us that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together to bring about this great work of God. The Father answers our prayers; the Holy Spirit applies His power; and Christ provides His presence. God desires that all the saints (that’s us-all) will “be filled with the fullness” that comes when we know the breadth, length, height, and depth—the awareness that we can’t reach the end of all God has for us no matter what direction we travel! We can “know the love of Christ” while at the same time acknowledging that there will always be more to know since “the love of Christ…surpasses knowledge.” The more we are in Christ the more we become y’all instead of just you alone. Christ connects us with His body and makes us one. Let’s keep praying the world will see more and more of that reality in us!
Father, Your Son prayed that we would be one even as You, He, and the Spirit are One. Paul prayed we would be one. I want to pray we will be one, too. Not an artificial oneness, but a oneness that shows the world Your power and Your presence. That seems so impossible that I know it won’t happen unless You’re in it! So, Lord, make us one in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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