The Spirit Within

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I 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.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21

I may be sounding like a broken record now with all my insistence that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience,” but I would propose that here, the author of Ephesians, is making my case for me. “that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Not “touched by God” like one touches the petal of flower. That’s temporal. Not draw near like we do with a loved one. Separation soon comes as we go about about life. The word is “dwell,”  or “take up residence in.”

“To dwell” or “take up residence” implies shared space, conversation and meals together. Always being there for each other.  what priorities in this shared life need to be set? “To dwell” means this relationship is far more than a casual acquaintance. We are not just subletting space here, renting a room to a stranger. This is about truly knowing that within us is a power, a source of love, and a strength not of our own doing.  Always there. Always present. “Filled with all the fullness of God!” Standing ready to be called upon… for self, for another, for being part of making God’s world a better place for all.

What a great “dwelling place” to start each and every day!

 

 

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