What makes the gospel such good news? Paul summarized it in Ephesians 3:8 as “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Those who receive the living Christ into their lives are free to enjoy His spiritual riches. But are we using all that He has given to us?
Author Bob George has observed that it’s possible for a Christian to live as a “practical atheist.” That’s a person who, despite right doctrine, “approaches life as if he were the only resource available.” Such an approach is as unnecessary and impractical as buying a powerful car and then pushing it.
The apostle Paul’s passion for the Ephesian believers was that they might realize that all their needs could be met by Christ’s resources. He prayed for them and asked God the Father to give them spiritual strength, close fellowship with Christ, and better understanding of His love for them, resulting in greater Christlikeness (Eph. 3:16-19). He prayed because he believed our God is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (v.20).
Are you enjoying Christ’s treasures? Or are you pushing on in your own strength? Paul’s prayer gives us reason to be thankful. God has everything we need.
Empty hands I lifted heavenward,
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches
Till my hands could hold no more. —Nicholson
God wants to be everything to every one of us at every moment.