For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
He could see the enormous canyon from the airplane. James was astounded when he could not find the gorge’s borders. The breadth and length stretched beyond what he could see. He knew the Grand Canyon would be big, but its enormous reach was beyond his wildest imagination. As he crawled out of the rental car to get a better look at this marvel, he made his way to a placard that read, “The Grand Canyon is considered one of the finest examples of arid-land erosion in the world. Incised by the Colorado River, the canyon is immense, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 18 miles at its widest.”  James could not speak. The magnitude of this ravine completely overcame him.
How could it be? How could it be that God’s love is greater than the capacity of the Grand Canyon? Really, how much love is this? The Bible tells us that this amount of love surpasses knowledge. What a delight to be loved so wide, so long, so deep, and so high. James could not wait to explore this type of extravagance. He was ready to receive all that the canyon had to offer him.
Glorious Riches | Ephesians 3:14-16 | Very few people exhibit humility in our society. Humility is defined as “a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.”  Every person has an opinion, a thought, and a will bent in a particular direction. Very few people are willing to bow to another’s viewpoint, yet humility is crucial to the Christian faith. Believers in Jesus are not supposed to bow to this world, but we are supposed to bow to God. Humility jumps off the page in verse 14 when it says, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” To become a part of God’s family, we must bow before God the Father. We must submit our will to God. Whenever we bow before God, we get to join in the riches of His glory. 1 John 3:1a says it best, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”
Incomprehensible Love | Ephesians 3:17-19 | God not only allows us to share in His glorious riches but we get to do so while sharing in His incomprehensible love. Whenever God calls us His child, we become rooted and grounded in God’s love. To be rooted means “to establish deeply and firmly.”  Ephesians 2:4-5 reminds us that, “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” This is completely incomprehensible. Why would a Holy God love us so deeply even when we were lost in our own wrongdoing? According to Deuteronomy, it is because God always keeps His promises. He is true to His word! Not only that, He is true to His very nature. Check out Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” Love is the essence of who He is: God has always loved in the past. God currently loves in the present. God will continue to love in the future.
Unimaginable Power | Ephesians 3:20-21 | There has never been nor will there ever be anything that can separate us from the unimaginable power of God. Romans 8:38-39 promises, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20). His power is at work in all believers in Jesus. His power transforms a dirty sinner into a faithful follower of Christ. This same power sprung Jesus from the grave and will do so for all who put their faith in Him. To God be glory throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Just as James was ready to receive all that the canyon had to offer, are you ready to receive all that Jesus’ love has to offer you? Exploring the depth of God’s love will be the greatest adventure you could ever enjoy.
 National Park Service, Editorial Staff. “Grand Canyon: Nature and Science.” National Park Service, 20 January 2021, https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/nature/index.htm
 Oxford Languages. “Humility.” Google Dictionary, 13 January 2021, December 2020, google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS766US766&q=Dictionary&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONQesSoyi3w8sc9YSmZSWtOXmMU4-LzL0jNc8lMLsnMz0ssqrRiUWJKzeNZxMqFEAMA7_QXqzcAAAA&zx=1610540343289#dobs=Humility
 Oxford Languages. “Rooted.” Google Dictionary, 14 January 2021, December 2020, https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS766US766&ei=yLgAYLfpDIOgsQWD36n4Ag&q=rooted&oq=rooted&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzIICAAQsQMQkQIyBQgAEJECMgQIABBDMggILhDHARCvATIHCAAQsQMQQzIICC4QxwEQrwEyCAguEMcBEK8BMgoIABCxAxCDARBDMgQIABBDMgIIADoECAAQRzoGCAAQBxAeOggIABAIEAcQHlDm3AFY1-IBYI7mAWgAcAJ4AIABoQGIAewGkgEDMi42mAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpesgBCMABAQ&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwi37bOcsJzuAhUDUKwKHYNvCi8Q4dUDCA0&uact=5
Who do you know that will share in the glorious riches of God’s inheritance?
What are some ways you have experienced God’s incomprehensible love this year?
How does it make you feel, knowing God’s unimaginable power is at work in your life?