THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The local doctor's son finally finished medical school and completed his internship.
Then he moved home to work with Dad in the family practice.
Dad had not been able to take a vacation in many years.
So he took the wife on a cruise.
When he returned, his son said, "Dad, I used modern techniques and healed Mrs. Jones of her chronic indigestion."
Dad said, "Well, son, it was that chronic indigestion that put you through medical school."
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
There is a wonderful prayer here in Ephesians 3:14-21.
In that prayer, Paul pleads that four important things happen in a Christian's life.
First, that you may "be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man..."
The strength of a Christian is implemented by God's Holy Spirit.
He is the same power by Whom Christ was risen from the dead!
His power in you gives you the ability to understand and retain God's Word, to overcome temptation, and to make right decisions.
Second, "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith."
That He, Christ, may dwell, take up residence, in your heart.
That's where you have control of your emotions and desires.
That's where you make your decisions.
To have Christ on the throne of your being insures that HE is the focal point of all that you do.
Third, that you would be "..rooted and grounded in love."
That the whole of your soul might be planted steadfastly by the rivers of Living Water.
That your soul's intention might be to care, share and help others.
When one is "rooted and grounded in love," one is rooted and grounded in GOD;
"for God is love!" (1John 4:8)
Fourth, that you might "comprehend....And know the love of Christ."
Understand this: that the depth, width, height and length of His love is incomprehensible.
Yet, His acceptance goes beyond your dirtiness;
His holiness goes beyond your unholiness;
His righteousness goes beyond your unrighteousness;
and, most importantly, His forgiveness goes beyond your sin!
One can KNOW His love, even though it “passeth knowledge!”
The prayer Paul states led him into a burst of praise (a doxology).
This doxology explains the manner of living for we who are Christians:
"unto him ... the power that worketh in us ... be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
Christ is the "power that worketh in us!"
Let us live "unto Him!"
Let our lips never fail to give Him praise!