A shallow faith treats Christ like a consultant or a paramedic, but a fuller faith invites Christ into every moment of our lives.
Scripture - Ephesians 3:16-19
I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.
Unpack It! Paul’s Letter to the Church in Ephesus is marked with pleas for unity and perseverance through difficult times. Paul knew better than most that church could get messy and people would naturally grow divisive over time. He also knew the best remedy for this was a reminder that it is Christ’s work in us that makes anything good ever happen.
Discussing the Text
Paul’s words are a fantastic reminder for a church that knows Jesus, but forgets to live faithfully 24/7. Have you ever noticed your faith begin to disappear in little moments between Sundays? Give an example.
Paul talks about being strengthened in our inner selves. Why is that important? Why are our outward actions or appearances not enough?
Questions for Deeper Faith
When is the last time you remember really asking God for guidance in your life? Was it a big moment or a little one? Share, if you can.
In general, do you turn to God more often in moments of crisis? Why do you think that is?
Think about your weekly life. Is there any part of it that comes to mind that you think your faith should play a bigger role in? (Work, home, relationships, etc.)
How can we keep our relationship with Christ on our mind between Sundays? What are some practices that have worked for you in the past?
Emmanuel, God With Us, you desire a relationship deep within our hearts, and yet, for many reasons, we fail to invite you in. Maybe we keep you at arm’s length because we’re afraid of how you’ll ask us to change. Maybe we ignore you even when we hear your voice. Maybe we simply forget you are there unless we’re sitting in church. Whatever our reason, wake us up this week, remind us that you desire to be closer to us than we know, and that we’ll only truly understand your love when we begin to invite you into the smaller moments of our lives. In the name of the one who walks beside in all seasons, Jesus the Christ, Amen.