I want to discuss what we have available to us in Christ and why there seems to be a disconnect from who we are and where we are in Him.
This post and the next two are connected together. I will start here with a couple of analogies.
First, imagine you’re standing in front of the biggest dam in the world, and behind it is the biggest river in the world being fed by mountain streams that supply endless amounts of pure water.
Furthermore, imagine that all the water that this dam is holding back is available to you, it’s safely maintained and the water is fully controlled.
Now, imagine that this water is God’s love flowing from His Spirit. That all of its furious power is the water of life contained within God Himself. Again, all of it fully available to you 24/7.
My first question is, how much of this “water” would you want?
My second question is, how would you get this water? How big of container would you take to get it? A thimble, a bucket, maybe a tanker?
One more analogy. Now, imagine that you are in your house in the picture. You want to turn on a light. But you suddenly realize that this light bulb is hooked up to electrical wiring, which is connected to a breaker box that’s wired to go outside your house. This outside wiring connects to a transformer, then a substation, then to a local power plant.
But that local power plant is also connected to a power grid that is connected to every other power plant in your country–perhaps several countries.
So here’s the question…how much power is really at the other end of that light bulb in front of you?
Now, imagine that this whole power grid is the full power of God actually living in you right now…because it is.
So, what limits this power flow? How would you get more of this power?
Let’s look at it another way. What is the difference between the power potentially available to your 4-watt night light and the lighting for a huge sports stadium?
The answer is, they both have exactly the same power source.
So, how much of God’s power do you actually have available to you?
And is our limitation in the source of power available to us, or is it in our ability to receive the power?
Would you rather be a 4-watt light bulb or an array of stadium lights in Christ? 🙂
And in both of these analogies, what does the water or the power grid have to do? What is their part to play? What is yours?
Okay, what am I saying? I’m saying that everything you will ever have in Christ is fully available to you right now. It’s living in you right now…because He’s living in you right now.
You will never have more of His power than you have right now.
You will never be more loved, or less loved, by God than you are right now.
God seems to think He placed the same fullness of Himself in you that was in Christ. Don’t believe me? This is what Paul said (bold text and underlining added for emphasis).
“And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].” (Col.2:10 AMP)
Other translations say that “you are complete in Him.” Everything that fills God fills you…because you have been placed in Him. Do you see this?
And everything the Father has, you have in Christ. And this “everything” is revealed by the Spirit (John 16:14-15)
Furthermore, all the promises of God are available to you, and they work through you in Christ (2 Cor.1:20; 2 Pet.1:4)
Should we believe this…or make something else up?
So, let’s think again about the water available to us, which represents God’s love.
First, God loves you the same as He loves Himself (John 15:9; 17:23).
This means that all of the love that the Father ever did have, or ever will have for His Son, Jesus, is exactly the same love He has for you.
Secondly, the Father values you the same as He values Jesus because He paid Him for you (John 3:16).
Just how much love and value is that?
And what about the power grid, which is God’s very own power.
Paul said that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you (Rom.8:11).
Would you say that’s a lot of power working in you right now?
Beloved, this is why Paul prayed that we “may be filled” with all the fullness of God. He’s not saying that this might happen in the future if you did some mysterious right thing, but that you would experientially know you have been filled…that you would finally live in the reality of the fullness of His unfathomable love and limitless power that already works in you.
“to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph.3:19-20)
So, just how full is the fullness of God?
What does that look like, feel like, live like?
And don’t you think there’s quite a bit more love and power available to us than with dams and power grids? Yup, there is.
Because the truth is, practically speaking, we will “have” as much Jesus as we really want.
More on this next time. 🙂