MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

Man Praying 2I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power 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, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

 

Ann Graham Lotz once said, “If you and I ever truly know God, it will not be an accident. It will happen when…we abandon every other goal, every other priority, and embrace the God-filled life until He becomes our magnificent obsession.” I want to be like that! I keep trying, but it is in the trying that I miss the mark. Maybe I just need to accept whatever God has in store for me, no questions asked. I know the times I have come to the end of myself, God was waiting there with what seemed like a new beginning, but which was really just a continuum of God’s plan for me, ever unfolding. I can’t really go to God “broken,” because He doesn’t see me that way. He sees me as His holy and blameless child, perfect in His eyes. He is just always glad I’ve taken the time to seek Him out and say, “Hey.”

 

I’ve thought a lot about “praying without ceasing,” which Paul writes to the Thessalonian church (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In that same passage, Paul says, “rejoice always”(v. 16), “give thanks in all circumstances” (v. 18), and “do not quench the Spirit” (v. 19). There is so much in this one passage, how is a person supposed to do all that? Graham Lotz’ answer is simple: make it our number one goal in this life. And the only way to do that is with God’s power, not our own. Today’s Scripture passage says that God is ready to grant us the power to do everything He wills us to do, “according to the riches of His glory” (Ephesians 3:16). The obsession is His with us as well as ours with Him.

 

Come, Lord Jesus, fill my empty places with Your radiant power. Amen

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