The Fullness of God
Ephesians 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love…
In Ephesians 3:16, Paul mentions the word “strengthened”. The “strength” that Paul is referring to is more than just physical strength. He is referring to spiritual strength! We understand that physical strength can be gained through food and rest. But this spiritual strength that Paul is referring to is an eternal and supernatural force and power! Our inner man is also called the spirit man. So this strengthening occurs from the Spirit of God to our spirit. This spiritual strength is not something that we need to strive towards, but it is something that God freely gives to us according to the riches of His glory. It’s not because of our glory that we receive this spiritual strength. Instead, the focus is on God who is the Source. All we need to do is to be plugged in to the Source and be connected to Him. This spiritual strength is one that fuels us to let God use our lives for His works. It is also the same spiritual strength that we can tap on to resist the snares of the enemy and its temptations. It’s never about how much strength we have. But it is how much we tap into the eternal Power Source!
How then can we tap unto the eternal Power Source? It’s when we willingly and obediently allow Christ to dwell in our hearts. In Greek, there are two types of “dwell”. The first type of “dwell” means to take up residency as a stranger or an alien. It refers to being at a stopover or a temporary place. Whereas the second type of “dwell” means to have a permanent residency. When we invite Jesus into our hearts to dwell in it, are we referring to the temporal dwelling or the permanent type of dwelling? The “dwell” that Paul is referring to in Ephesians 3:17 is the permanent type of “dwell”. That is his prayer for us as believers of Christ. So now, if you know that Jesus only has a temporal dwelling in your heart, I strongly urge you to change Christ’s residency in you! Let Christ have a permanent dwelling. Only when we allow Christ to have a permanent dwelling, we would be able to experience the fullness of God! To have Christ as the permanent Dweller is to let Him be the President of our lives. This means that we are obedient and submissive to His Lordship and commandments.
The next part of Paul’s prayer for us in Ephesians 3:17 is that we may be “rooted and grounded in love”. This “love” is the agape love. The love that is unconditional and selfless. This is the love that God expresses and pours out to us. Therefore, as believers we are to be anchored firmly in the soil of love just like a tree. A normal and healthy tree has its roots grow deep into the soil, so that it will be able to withstand the storms and be able to reach for water and nutrients. So let your life be rooted in love like a healthy tree rooted in soil! To be grounded in love, we need to set and build our lives solidly on the foundation of love. With the strong solid foundation, regardless of whatever that may come our way, our faith in God will not be wavered.
Ephesians 3:19 (NKJV)
to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
This love that Christ has for us surpasses all knowledge and understanding. One of the ways to know the love of Christ is to experience His love and to share His love with others. As we know the love of Christ, we will “be filled with all the fullness of God.” The fullness of God is what satisfies us. It is to be full of everything that God is to us and also what He has for us. It is to be full of spiritual strength, full of faith and full of love!
Join me in this prayer:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for filling me up with the fullness of You. It is in You and with You that I may be spiritually strengthened to do Your will. It is by knowing and experiencing Your wholesome love for me that I will be filled to the brim and overflowing. I pray that this fullness that I have received will overflow into the lives of others around me. I invite You into my heart to be the President of my life and have a permanent dwelling place. Thank You, Father. I pray all these in Jesus’ loving Name. AMEN!”