What does it mean to love?
Paul was someone who traveled all around the ancient world, telling people about Jesus wherever he went. The Bible suggests that he made tents for a living, but in many places he worked as a full time evangelist, drawing everyone who would listen into a relationship with an irresistible God. He describes this work not as a chore, not as a burden (despite the shipwrecks, imprisonments and beatings) but as a gift of God’s grace. What could be better than to preach to those who haven’t yet heard about Jesus about the boundless riches of his grace and that they can know God for themselves?
It might seem a duty or a chore to tell others about Jesus, but in fact it isn’t, is a blessing and a joy for us. What could be better than for the people we know and love to know Jesus for themselves? To bring hope to those who need it? To tell people that Jesus loves them.
And then Paul goes on to pray for the Ephesians an amazing prayer, that they might be strengthened with power form the Holy Spirit. That they might be rooted and established in his love and that they might grasp something of the enormity of that love for them. What an awesome God we worship!
Lord God, 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 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. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Who can you tell about God’s love for them today?