Ephesians 3:19a – And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge . . .
Look closely at our Text for Today. Consider the words you read deeply. It seems to be so easy for people to see one word, and while reading it, immediately change it to another word in their mind that may seem to be synonymous, but in truth, it is not. That is what happens when people read the passage in our Text for Today. The particular word to which I am referring in our Text for Today is “know.” I’m not sure how what I am writing applies to languages other than English, but there seems to be an epidemic of what I call sloppy word usage in the English language. So often I hear people saying that God is in control, when in fact, He is not. He is in charge, but in general, every person is in control of their own actions they take, choices they make, and words they speak.
To “know the love of Christ” is not to be aware of it. I am aware of my next-door neighbor. I know he is married, and I know how many children he has. I know a little about his work, and I know that he is a good neighbor. But having knowledge of all that does not mean I “know” him as the word is used in this passage. So, look once again at our Text for Today. Father wants His children “to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.” Do you see it? Father wants far more for you than just being aware that He loves you. He wants far more for you than you being aware that you should demonstrate His love to others. Father wants far more for you than to simply talk about His love for you and everyone else. Father wants you TO KNOW the love of Christ, the Anointed One, at a depth that passes all human knowledge. To say it another way, Father wants you TO KNOW the love of Christ, the Anointed One, at a supernatural level ONLY He can fully grasp. Oh, what a love!
So, let’s recap. Make prayer and the Word of God the foundation of your life. Study, learn, and grow in your knowledge and understanding of your identity in Christ. Truly knowing who you are in Christ opens a great doorway for you to be strengthened in your spirit-man by Holy Spirit as you grow in spiritual discernment. By that, your capacity for faith increases more than you could previously imagine. That enables you to become so deeply rooted in Christ that no storm of life can dislodge you from that anchorage. And it is in that anchorage of being deeply rooted in Christ that you begin to comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height of God’s love, coming TO KNOW that love as it can only be known by divine connection.
Manna for Today – Ephesians 3:14-21; John 17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Mark 11:22-24; 1 John 5:3