Someone recently suggested that I follow up on Sunday's sermons with additional thoughts, especially with regards to application. So, here is my first attempt. Reflecting on our time Sunday, there are a couple of points that stand out to me.
First, we desperately need what Paul prays for. Growing in our grasp of the riches of God's spiritual gifts to us is among our most foundational needs. This should be among our greatest desires for our own lives and for our brothers and sisters. Consider the following quote from Tim Keller.
The gospel is not just the “ABCs” but the “A-to-Z” of the Christian life. The gospel is the way that anything is renewed and transformed by Christ — whether a heart, a relationship, a church, or a community. All our problems come from a lack of orientation to the gospel. Put positively, the gospel transforms our hearts, our thinking and our approach to absolutely everything.
Second, we can't ultimately make this happen. We can't impart wisdom to ourselves or enlighten our own eyes to see the wonders of the gospel. He must revive our hearts. We need His Spirit to move in us.
Third, God is supremely able to accomplish the very thing we need and cannot do ourselves. He raised Christ from the dead- He gave Him the name above every name. Not only is He able to open our eyes to the riches of the gospel but our loving God who has given His Son for us is also supremely willing.
It is these three realities that will push us to prayer- desperate, earnest, constant, expectant prayer.
So, consider this week our desperate need to see what we have in the gospel, consider your inability to meet that need and consider God's the reality God is supremely able and willing to meet this need.
Then go get on your knees and beg God to move for the glory of His name and the good of His people.