For many many years I was part of congregations, leading worship, leading small groups, “leading” and yet instead of seeing beloved human beings grow and change and become this glorious church without spot or wrinkle, I saw us all squashed into a box of perform to please. I was so disillusioned and felt so guilty I was disillusioned. Then I read Ephesions 3.
Eph 3:8 This grace was given to me, I being less than the least of all the saints, to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations,
Eph 3:9 and to bring to light all, what is the fellowship of the mystery having been hidden from eternity in God, the One creating all things through Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:10 so that now to the rulers and to the authorities in the heavenlies might be made known through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 3:11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through His faith.
Eph 3:13 Therefore, I ask you not to faint at my troubles on your behalf, which is your glory.
Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15 of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,
Eph 3:16 that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, by His power to become mighty in the inward man through His Spirit,
Eph 3:17 that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18 **that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height, **
Eph 3:19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge , that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20 Now to Him being able to do exceedingly above and beyond all that we ask or think or imagine according to the power working in us,
Eph 3:21 to Him be glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.
When I read that all I heard, all I saw was that there was MORE. I read it pretty much every day, when I despair that there is any life left, when I rejoice in the small moments of connection and deep calling to deep. I read it because it fills up my tank so that even tho it seems that She is stuck and shackled in the performance driven culture of this age, there is change EVERYWHERE. like spring after the winter. She is rising, this beautiful, spectacular bride filled with boldness and confidence in HIS faith, walking out this grace she has been given, sharing the unsearchable riches of Christ with all those God brings across her path today. Displaying the manifold wisdom of God to those who watched and waited. It is DONE… it is accomplished this eternal purpose of God in Christ. She is growing in this knowing, this knowledge that surpassess knowledge being rooted and grounded in the love of Christ… To HIM, who is able to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond ALL that we can ask think or imagine… to HIM be glory in the Church in Christ Jesus.