Our scripture this morning is Ephesians 3:14-21.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

In this passage Paul prays for the believers in Ephesus, teaching about spiritual growth and empowerment. He reminds us that God the Father is the creator and example “from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named”. This is the model for all our relationships.

He prays that we may be “filled up to all the fullness of God”, an invitation to know that God is love and to share that blessing with everyone. We were created from this love and it is our connection to all the rest of creation. Jesus came to demonstrate this to us all.

We are gifted with the Holy Spirit, “the power that is working within us”. This is the expression of His love by which we are equipped to spread the Gospel. The world is blessed by this and we are blessed to be in His service.

Heavenly Father, we are not adequate by ourselves, but by Your grace and mercy You call us to go and make disciples of all people. Strengthen us in faith to share Your love always and everywhere. Amen.

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