‘– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’ Ephesians 3.19
If we all sat down and thought about how we could be filled with the fullness of God, we would probably come up with a variety of suggestions. Some of them would undoubtedly involve us giving up a lot of things that we enjoy, working tirelessly for some great charitable works or going off to live the life of a hermit for many years!
However, Paul would have none of this; in fact, he says that the way to be filled to the measure with God is to grow in our awareness of his love and to receive more of it. Trying to find the fullness of God by any other means is likely to make us resentful and worn out!
Being filled with the love of God may indeed lead us to change the way we love and to engage with people's needs in a different way, but this is really the consequence of being filled with the fullness of God rather than the route to finding it.
It can be tempting to think that it is purely self-indulgent to rest in and explore God's love – but this really is not the case. Exploring his love is about connecting yourself to his heart so that you can be filled with him.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission