May 21 | Ephesians 3:20-21
Love Beyond Measure
by Elaine Pierce
As I read these two verses, the well-known hymn "O, the deep, deep Love of Jesus'" came to mind. Samuel Trevor Francis (1834-1925) wrote the lyrics. As a teenager, he struggled with poor health and depression, and one night, while crossing a bridge over the River Thames in London, he contemplated suicide. In that moment, he experienced deep peace and knew that Jesus loved him. He went on to a long career as a merchant and an open-air lay preacher. This hymn continues to be sung around the world.
In today's passage, Paul reminds us that "[Jesus] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." (v. 20) I'm sure you've heard the expression "you can't manage what you can't measure." We all want to be successful in our work, our families, and yes, in our faith. But Paul is telling us that Jesus' love is beyond measure! And he can do way more than we can measure or even imagine! Think about that for a moment.
What is your greatest desire? If you had all the resources in the world, what would you do with them? What would you create? Where would you go? Now, turn that around, and recognize that Jesus DOES have all the resources in the world. He CAN do anything and everything. And, my friends, he wants YOU - and ME - to join him in working toward 'glory in the church throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (v. 21)