Ephesians 1:17 – “(I pray) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
Today an NFL player signed a contract that will pay him $17.6 million dollars per year. Let that sink in for a minute, that is 1.1 million dollars per game and in an average game he will play about 65 plays which means he will make almost $17k per play. That is truly amazing. Someone said, “well he can buy anything that he wants.” That seems true doesn’t it, but its not. He may be able to buy all of the things of the world, all of the stuff that society tells us we must have, but he will not be able to buy everything that he wants. What do I mean? I mean that the greatest want of his life is to have a relationship with God and that is something that he can’t buy because it is something that can’t be bought. It is something that is freely given to us, but it is something that cost Jesus everything, as He died on the cross so that we could know God, so that we can have the greatest want of our hearts satisfied.
That is why Paul prays that we would know Christ better. He wants us to realize the depth of the love of God and know how privileged we are to be able to have a relationship with God. Biblically one of the names of God is El Shaddai which means the All Sufficient One. In other words Jesus is all that we need, and all of our satisfaction is found in Him and through Him. So when Paul prays for us to know Jesus better He is praying that we would know the All Sufficient One, and when we do that we will know the things in life that really matter.
We will have the realization that what matters in life is not stuff (even if we make $17.6 million dollars per year), or the pleasures of the world. Those things don’t ultimately satisfy because they are not all sufficient. They leave us wanting empty and wanting more. Only our relationship with God can truly satisfy us because He is the all sufficient one. He is the one who satisfies our souls and our very lives.
The more we know Him the more we realize that, and the more the things of this world pale in comparison. No wonder Paul makes that his prayer for the church at Ephesus. They already are people of sincere faith and love (Ephesians 1:15) and yet their biggest need is to know God more and more. What a prayer! Not just for them, but for us. We should be praying this very thing for our church, for our families and for ourselves as we go throughout 2014. To God be the glory!