Ephesians 1 and Ephesians 3 contain two Spirit-inspired prayers for all saints. The essence of these prayers are for us to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation–some refer to this as “the spirit of seeing and knowing”, and secondly, for us to be filled with the fulness of the love of Christ.
Consider the impact and transformation in our lives when we are walking in the manifestation of what these prayers comprise. What more do we need when we have spiritual accuracy in our lives that comes from the spirit of wisdom and revelation that allows us to see as the Father sees? Add to that the breadth, length, depth, and height of His love which passes knowledge that we might walk in the fulness of that love. Wisdom, revelation, and love are our biggest needs.
When this work is truly done in us, our Christian walk is no longer mechanical, but it flows from within our transformed hearts. To be rooted and grounded in Christ’s love means we receive our own nourishment from it, just as a tree receives nourishment from being rooted and grounded in rich soil. When we are nourished by Christ’s love we are satisfied. It’s nutrients feed us and fuel us constantly.
Jesus was nourished and fueled daily by the Father’s love. He lived and ministered from this position.
“For the Father loves the Son…” (Jn. 3:35, 5:20).
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you…” (Jn. 15:9).
The only way we can love others is to first know how loved we are by God.
“We love Him because He first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19).
Love is the fuel and the oxygen of life in God. We will have less and less of a need to receive the love and approval of others when we are nourished by the Father’s love. If you are not receiving His love, you will find it difficult to release His love. It’s that simple.
Before God is the Creator or the Almighty Ruler, He is Father. It’s when we see that, even in creating and ruling, He does so as a kind and loving Father, that we are moved to such joy and delight at the thought of being His children. The God who is love (1Jn.4:8) is a Father who sent His Son, so we could all, in turn, be sons. To be the Father means to love, it means to give life, it means to beget the Son, and to share His Son and now His Spirit with us all. In eternity past, before anything else was, God was loving, giving life, and delighting in His Son. This is what filled the heart of Jesus and is the reason He delighted in doing the Father’s will.
“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (Jn.4:34).
“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Ps.40:8).
The Father’s love is always primary, but the Son reciprocates with that love that manifests in obedience.
The Father’s eternal love for the Son excites the Son’s responsive eternal love for the Father, and His eternal love flows freely to His disciples and now to His Church. By this, one may see how the Christian life is to be lived. Without this exchange and free flow of love, there is no joy and delight in the heart and in our service.
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