26 Dec Day 95: Boxing Day – Ephesians 3:17-19, by Chris Clarke
Christmas can give us a good indicator as to ‘how much’ we are loved by family, friends and work colleagues. Cards, presents, phone calls, hugs and kisses help to gauge the level of our human love tanks. But God has so much more than that for us. Presents, turkey and family events aside, Christmas reminds us of the incredible love of our Saviour. Today’s scripture reminds us that Christ’s love for us is far greater than our human minds can comprehend. Our minds will only ever put God’s love in a box. The only way to grasp the enormity of this love is with additional power; the Holy Spirit’s power. And we still won’t be able to grasp it fully because Christ’s love ‘surpasses knowledge’.
So how can we possibly grasp its width, length and height? That’s where the Holy Spirit’s presence within us takes over. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children.” Only when our Spirit connects with God’s Spirit do we begin to comprehend the immense love that Christ has for us. This then enables us to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”, to live above circumstances, to live joyful, hopeful, passionate, soul-winning lives.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 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.”
Today as you allow the turkey to settle, and as you relax and unwind after the craziness of pre-Christmas, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I limit the effect of Christ’s love in my life by trying to grasp it with my human thinking?
- What difference would my life show, if I had the ‘power’ to grasp the incredible love of Christ?
Lord pour Your Spirit into my life so that I may have the power to grasp the immense love You have for me. Fill me to overflowing with Your love so that the Good News of Christmas may echo in every encounter I have today and for every tomorrow. Amen
Chris Clarke is a Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Marion. Chris is married to Cherie and they are blessed with 4 children.