Google+ 01/17/14 I Want Some of That!

Ephesians 3:14-17

 

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,

The Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

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.

 

In part nine of our ten-part devotion series entitled, "Whither or Grow...Our Choice!" the apostle Paul relates his amazement, from prison, of all that God has done in his life.  Paul has been the recipient of a great many blessings.  He has prayed to God to make him whole again and he has called upon Jesus to empower him through the Holy Spirit.  Why is this so important?  Paul changed his life from being a Christian eliminator to a Christian encourager.  Is there a bigger life change that could have occurred?  We need to ask ourselves how Paul accomplished this.  Here is the answer.  He prayed to God for such a change and was willing to see when God opened his eyes on the road to Damascus.  Until this point in Paul's life, prayer was not what Paul did.  Rather he called on "free will" each day to govern his life.  Separated from God is exactly where Paul wished to be.  Paul made choices.  As a result, Paul probably killed more Christians than anyone else in Biblical history.  God sent the prophet Stephen to testify in front of the chief priests and scribes.  Who was present trying to be separated from God?  You guessed it!  Paul was in the front row of this "drama" that played out right in front of his eyes.  Paul tells the church at Ephesus to repent and turn to Jesus as he has done and not to fret over the fact that he is in prison.  He tells them, and us, that if we lift our prayers to God, He will answer them.  What is the result?  Christ will make a home in our hearts and our roots will grow down into God's love and will keep us strong.  Every Christian in history, including us, needs to listen to this admonition and take action.  Let's all say together, "I Want Some of That!"