“I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-19
The sky is wide in Texas. The air is intense hot or biting cold, the wind can be fierce, and storms take on larger-than-life of their own in boom flash and torrent. Streams rush like freight trains after rain, and grackles puncture the large morning quiet with their deafening cacophony. Pecan shells are unforgiving under foot, as the sun is unforgiving from cloudless sky. Plants sharp as blades are strung with gentle jewel drops of rain that glisten in dawn’s light. Every sense is overwhelmed by the measurelessness of all that exists here, but not more so than it is when considering the love of Christ Jesus.
Paul is a man of the world with a mind in the heavenlies. Once God saved him, his spiritual capacity expanded to embrace the church through ages past and future, the magnificent riches of glory in Christ, the measurelessness of Jesus’s love, and the inexplicable power of God to translate understanding of all these things to finite man. His desire to know more, to comprehend, to be filled, expresses itself in extravagant, earnest prayer for the church.
God made us in His image to understand something of dimension, emotion, and a sense of the inexplicable, and He inspired a description of His indescribable love using limitless ‘how’s. There are some things the human mind cannot grasp, but the tingle and taste of infinitude in these words makes us want to—to grasp, to experience, to know this love that knows no bounds. Isn’t all of this temporal life a longing for eternity, our limited knowledge a hungering for full knowledge, and our seeing in a mirror dimly a yearning to see face to face? Shouldn’t these divinely-imposed restraints compel us to wonder at and know the measureless One better? (Ecclesiastes 3:11; 1 Corinthians 13:12)
How will I pray more like Paul, even if to seek his same zeal? What about the magnitude of Christ’s love can I live out and proclaim? When and how am I giving glory to the One Who exceeds imagination and is able to accomplish more than I even know to ask?
Lord, I want to know You. Keep me exploring the depths of Your character and truth, Your vast love and grace. Apply them in and through me so that others can taste and see that You are good- indescribably, immeasurably, infinitely lovingly good. (Psalm 34:8)