I love water. The deeper the water is the better. The bluer the water is the better.
I often daydream about sailing around the world, being one with creation, riding the wind and waves from one beautiful destination to the next. This morning I was reading Ephesians 3, and I couldn’t help but imagine a sail, filled with the wind.
Many of us are familiar with Ephesians 3:16-19: “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His 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.” It’s a powerful passage, and if we aren’t paying close attention we can get focused on the wrong thing, such as power instead of love. This passage tells us that the power will actually come from knowing Love. To me this is saying that power is necessary for all Christians, but that we must attain it from the right source.
1 Corinthians 13 says that we can have the faith that can move mountains, but if we don’t have love then we are nothing. Our identity comes from realizing the width, height, length, and depth of God’s love. I wonder if we, as Christians, don’t often learn one aspect of God’s love and then assume we know all there is to know about it… that is dangerous. We are supposed to know His love from every angle, and every direction. But I think we often stop too short of knowing the fullness of His love. So back to the sailboat… the boat is designed to catch wind from every direction, not just one. In this analogy, I am saying that the “wind” is God’s Love. I need to know it intimately in order to become one with it, so that “my boat” (ME) has enough power to move.
What’s more, Ephesians 3:19 says that if I know His love, then I will be filled to the brim with all of the fullness of God. And we are called to do just that. So don’t let your sails be half full, don’t let your sails be so set on only catching the wind from a single direction. Otherwise, you will be stuck where you are for quite a long time. Let your sails be filled with the fullness of God, so that HE (and not you) can lead you through every situation, every storm, every day.
Written by a few for the many.