Devotional: “Filled With All the Fullness”


Do you ever feel sorry for yourself?  Be honest.  Do you sometimes feel as though you have not received the benefits and blessings of others?  Do you on occasion feel as though no one truly understands or cares about you?  Many of us experience these kinds of feelings from time to time.  When we feel this way we can either allow ourselves to wallow in self-pity or we can go to the Word of God and encourage ourselves with truth.  Carefully consider what Paul wrote to the Ephesians.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  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 saints, 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.  (Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV)

The phrase that catches my attention is, ‘filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’  Does that mean that we have in us all the fullness of God?

Try for a moment to imagine the immensity of the ocean.  Miles deep and hundreds of miles wide, the ocean is a volume of water beyond comprehension.  Now imagine taking a thimble to the middle of the ocean and submerging it.  Inside, outside and on all sides would be water.  And if for one second there would be even the slightest need for more, hundreds of thousands of gallons would be ready to rush in.  Though the thimble does not hold the entire ocean, it contains its fullness.  As long as the thimble remains in the ocean, it is a part of the ocean and all its fullness.

As a child of God we are completely engulfed by our Father’s love.  We are like that thimble out in the ocean, encompassed on every side by His mercy and grace.  And if ever there is the need for more, all of the fullness of God is ready to rush in.

Many years ago a man by the name of Frederick Lehman wrote a beautiful hymn called – ‘The Love of God.’  I pray that it will bring a blessing to you.

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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