For this reason I bow my knees

Happy birthday!

What brings you to your knees? For the apostle Paul, it was the revelation of God’s eternal plan, executed through Christ Jesus our Lord. God’s eternal plan is that anyone who believes the Good News and, because of this, belongs to Christ Jesus, has the same equal share in God’s riches. Is part of the same Body. Enjoys the promise of blessings.

An added bonus to Paul, was that he who relentlessly persecuted God’s children, prior to his encounter with the risen Lord, was entrusted with the privilege of serving God.

Unlike Paul, my history does not include persecution of God’s children; however, like Paul, I was once far away from God, His enemy, and separated from Him by my evil thoughts and actions. And, as He did for Paul, God reconciled me to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result of this reconciliation, He brought me into His own presence, and I am holy and blameless as I stand before Him without a single fault (Colossians 1:21-22, NLT). And He did the same for you.

What response is appropriate to the revelation of what God has done for us? To the incomprehensible lengths He went to, to redeem us? I confess that, too often, I respond casually to His amazing grace. I  have been guilty of reading passages of Scripture such as 1 John 3:1-2 or Colossians 3:3, without pausing to reflect on its truths. Without responding with awe and gratitude. Much as if I were mindlessly watching a rerun of an episode of a favorite television show. Abba, forgive me.

Paul’s response was to fall to his knees before God and pray… not for himself, but for others. This is what he prayed:

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.  18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” (Ephesians 3:16-19, AMP).

Would you join me in reading his prayer again but, this time … out loud? And let us pray it for the people dear to us. And our fellow believers at home and abroad. Let us pray it for ourselves, also. What a life altering thing it would be to be rooted deeply in God’s love. To have an increasing understanding and experience of His love. To be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from Him. Or as another translation states, “To be filled up with God Himself.” And I pray also to more consistently reflect on what God has done and respond with awe, gratitude, and obedience.   

 

 

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