…I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV
The fullness of God! The fullness of God? We are praying that we be filled with the fullness of God. How is that even possible? What in the world is that phrase talking about? Are these words just some sort of Christianeze? …a phrase that we throw around because it sounds REALLY impressive?
Of course, we know that God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscience (has infinite knowledge) and is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time). So how can we even hope to contain Him?
I raise these questions because I do not have the answers. I am a visual person, so rather than try to answer these questions, I decided to try to visualize the fullness of God.
- I can picture a field of red and yellow tulips stretching as far as the eye can see. God’s beauty exceeds that picture.
- I can imagine a rugged mountain peak piercing the clouds! God’s majesty exceeds that of the mountain.
- I can imagine thousands of school children gathered in a football stadium and holding up their red heart valentines. God’s love is so much bigger and more tangible than that!
- I can see in my mind a mile-wide river meandering slowly over a nearly-flat river bed. But this doesn’t even begin to describe God’s peace!
- And I can visualize a star-filled sky on a crisp October night. The Creator of those stars is far more immense than His creation.
So how can we describe Him? I can’t– not with the limited resources of my mind. But my spirit knows that I need His fullness. This I do know: When I am filled with His fullness, there is room for nothing else!!
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16 NIV