Pastors Chris and Lauren continue our new series titled: Immeasurably More. This series is based out of Ephesians, the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Emphasis.
Ephesians 3:14-21, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God deeply desires for us to have a life of “Immeasurably More.” But the question for us is, what will we do in order to step into that life? And this type of more life that God wants for us is beyond anything we can ever dream. Take your best life and picture it right now in your mind. God wants even more than that for you. Stepping into this life is not an easy one. Over the next few weeks we will explore what this looks like.
In part 3 Pastors Lauren and Chris talk about how to live the life of immeasurable more when the pressure is on. And have we ever been under pressure lately! At first it didn’t seem like that much. We can do about anything for 2 weeks or so but now that we are going into month 3 with all of the current life, it seems so much more. And when the pressure begins to rise, we needs to pay attention to what starts to leak. When things start to leak it shows us where we need to grow. To give ourselves grace in that, but also address the issue.
Ephesians 3:17 talks about how we are to be rooted and established in love. And how for one to be rooted you must grow. You have to grow your roots down deep in order to be strong when drought or storms in life come. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
But how do we grow? We grow through discipleship, scripture, prayer, taking ownership of our relationship with God, and being intentional with it. We don’t eat all day on Sunday and then expect to not need to eat the rest of the week. The same is true for our spiritual development. You and I can’t expect to be spiritually fed through worship and teaching on Sunday. And then not take in anything else during the week, we won’t grow. We will become stagnant and ineffective. Now more than ever it is vital that we take our discipleship and spiritual growth seriously and understand that it is our personal responsibility.