Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every 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 Lord’s holy people, 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 3:14-20

Yesterday I talked about the truth that God loves you more than you can ever know.

Today’s truth, also found in this great portion of Scripture, THERE IS MORE TO GOD THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW!

Just as you will never know God’s love unless you live according to His pattern, neither can you get to know Him unless you are living in close connection with Him.

When I began to play baseball I didn’t know much about it nor did I know if I’d like it. The main reason I tried baseball was because I thought it might make my dad more interested in me. Also, my buddies were all trying out for little league so I decided I would give it a try.

By the way, my dad made it to just one game during my entire baseball career.

So, my reasons for getting into baseball didn’t have much to do with baseball. But once I began playing it I found out there was so much more to it than I ever imagined! I enjoyed every practice and every game I ever participated in. I loved the competition. I loved the feeling when I swung the bat and connected with the pitch! I loved the feeling when I caught the ball. I loved the comradery with teammates. I loved the challenges of the various situations during the game. I still miss playing the game.

In the same way, people often come to God for less than ideal reasons. Usually they have been running the bases the wrong way and find themselves in a mess. When they come to God they just want Him to help them out of the mess. And, once they connect with Him and begin running the bases according to His pattern, He does straighten things out.

But in the process they discover God is so much more than what they expected! The longer they play by His pattern the better He gets!

The Home Run life is a life that allows God to love you and to constantly and continually reveal His grace, His mercy, His peace, His strength, His power, His presence, His holiness, His hope and the unsearchable riches He has available in Christ Jesus. You come to realize that He is so great that through all eternity He will still be able to reveal new aspects of His nature!

Yes, there is more to God than you will ever know. But you never know that until you stop running the bases backward, connect with Him and begin living according to His pattern.