by Joe Alain

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Life to the Full (5 of 10)
Series: Ephesians
Joe Alain
Ephesians 3:14-21

We often do not access the full benefits of things in our lives, either through neglect or because we don't understand them. Messages pop up on the dashboard of my car but I don't know what they mean because I'm too lazy to get the manual out. Years ago when people had VCR's (that's Video Cassette Recorders for those too young to know), the running joke was that most people had no clue how to tape a television show, so we just used them to watch movies.

Sometimes when it comes to spiritual realities, we just don't access the full blessings of God that are available to us. Even though we are rich, we are blessed with "every spiritual blessing in Christ" (1:3), we often fail to access the full benefits of salvation. It's like going through life with only a partial access to God and His truth. Computer software makers will often give you free access to their software but they only allow you to access a portion of their software hoping you will purchase the code so you can access the full benefits of the program.

Christians have the full code to unlock the full features of the Christian life but for a lack of understanding or neglect we settle for a lesser, safer, trial version of Christianity and we never access the full life that Jesus came to bring. Jesus said that he came to give us life and "Life to the Full" (Jn. 10:10). But too often we settle for life half empty, rich but living in spiritual poverty. And yet God desires that you "be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." He wants you to live "Life to the Full."

In our Scripture, Paul, who has a great passion for God and a heart for other believers, kneels before the Father and prays for the Ephesians, it is a prayer for spiritual maturity. Verse 19b sums up what will be the result of God answering his two requests. They will "be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." They will live "Life to the Full ...

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