Monday Musings – 02/08/10
No, I am not talking about myself, I am talking about all of those who have found life in Jesus Christ. Paul in writing to the churches in Ephesus and Philippi, uses these words to express the height, length, width and depth of powerful love that is available to those who allow Christ to be at work within their lives. A relationship with Christ allows us to mine these incomparably great resources that lie deep within our inner being.
A couple of weeks ago, as I drove from Krivoy Rog to Kiev Ukraine, I noticed the huge mine shafts that stood several stories high above the ground. I realized that what I saw above the ground was only a fraction of the mining shaft that reached many kilometers into the ground below. There in the depths of the earth, men were mining the coal and mineral resources that are buried deep under the Ukrainian soil.
As we drove back to Kiev, I could not help but think of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is at work, deep within our inner being, mining all of the incomparably great spiritual resources that are available to us through the glorious riches of Christ. Paul says in Ephesians 3:16 & 17 “I pray that out of His glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ my dwell in your hearts through faith.”
While in Krivoy Rog, I had preached Paul’s words in Philippians 4: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Using this text I found myself saying to the people of Ukraine, “I would rather have less of the world’s resources and more of God than more of the world’s resources and less of God”. Seeing those mine shafts as we left the city, has become a lasting reminder of what I preached and whether I am prepared to live it.
Like me, perhaps many of you watched as the New Orleans Saints won the Superbowl last night for the first time in the history of their franchise. Like you, I have had the Future Shop and Best Buy flyers come to my door, enticing me to buy the newest and best large screen television in time to watch the Super Bowl. Well, this morning the game is over, for some, the new television is in the family room as you leave for work, and the Visa bill is coming at the end of the month at which time you will need to dig deep into the inner being of your bank account to pay for it.
In the midst of enjoying the resources available to us in a pleasure filled, financially resourced country, don’t forget to allow the Holy Spirit mine the imcomparable, unsearchable, glorious riches of Christ that lie deep within your inner being.
Until next Monday…
“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”