For This Reason

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 4, Ezekiel 35, Psalms 83-84, Ephesians 3.

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.” Ephesians 3:8-9

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What would YOU do if you were called by God to preach the “unsearchable riches” of Christ?

I mean, that is kind of an impossible task, right? To preach about something that is “unsearchable”? The word “unsearchable” by definition means it cannot be, well, “searched.” If something cannot be searched, then it cannot be found. If it cannot be found, then why search?

Along those same lines, what would YOU do if you were called to bring to light for everyone something that has been a “mystery hidden for ages in God”?

To put it another way, what would YOU do if you were called by God to give understanding to a mystery that God has kept secret for eternity?

Again, sounds impossible and beyond human capacity to achieve.

I mean, I cannot get my own children to understand the importance of chewing with their mouths closed. I have a hard time communicating to them what “go to bed” actually means. Seemingly straightforward things have proven to be really hard to communicate. Know what I mean?

So what would YOU do if you were charged with both understanding and helping others to understand the “unsearchable riches” of Christ? What would YOU do if you were charged with both solving and helping others solve the “eternal hidden mystery”?

If we truly understood the impossibility of our task, we would probably do exactly what Paul did: Cry out for help!

“14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father . . .” Ephesians 3:14

Yep. Paul is a strange dude. But at least he’s real. He knows he has an impossible task that simply cannot be done without the supernatural intervention of the Father. Paul knows what we know: without the help of the Father, we would have NEVER grasped the glory of Jesus in the Gospel. The same is true for every human he would preach to: no supernatural help, no comprehension.

Let’s learn a lesson from Paul here.

We are all called to understand riches that are “unsearchable.” And we are all called to solve the mystery that has been hidden for ages. The next time you open your Bible, or attend a Bible study – pray for God to give you supernatural understanding.

Similarly – though maybe not in the same way Paul did – we are all called to communicate these “unsearchable riches” and this “hidden mystery” – that is the Gospel – to others. Our responsibility is to help others find the “unsearchable.” How can it happen? Bowing our knees before the Father.

“For this reason” Paul had to beg God for help. Let’s do the same, anticipating a flood of “findings” that just can’t be naturally found.

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