Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Experience

"May you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." Ephesians 3:18-19

This stuck out to me as I spent time with Christ this morning. The writer's prayer for us was that we would understand the width, length, height and depth of Christ's love. That we would experience it.

So much of the world these days is hungering, longing, desperate for the next great experience. When someone really enjoys a vacation or a restaurant or a new place, the highest compliment you can give is "It was just a wonderful experience!" It's a big deal from a marketing perspective too--we passed from the product focused era ("toothpaste") to the service area ("cleaning"), and now we've entered the experience era--themed restaurants, classy grocery stores, eclectic coffee shops.

And yet right there is the answer--experience the love of Christ, that is too great to understand fully. Let it envelop you. Let it saturate you. Let it take the negativity in your life--the anxious, easily angered, fearful, stressed, uncertain, depressed, confused parts of you and make you complete. Make you peaceful. Make you able to let things slide right off your back. Turn you into someone who is secure and safe, relaxed, confident, joyful, clear-minded. That's experiencing Christ. When you come broken to the cross and He meets you in that weakness, and turns it into His strength. When He makes you complete, with all the fullness of life, and the fullness of power to overcome any circumstance the world may throw at you.

I don't have it figured out. I don't live this way every day. But I want to. I need to. I need to experience Christ's radical love each and every day.

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