Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018. What is it that gives purpose to life? What is it we should invest in? What is it, or who is it, which provides a sustainable goal and purpose and driving force of what we are, what we do, what we want, what we enjoy?
… in our hearts …
What is the core thing in our hearts? What is it that helps us to be who we are? To be what you can be is an important point for many of us. Some have enough will and reach a lot of things. It can be great to have success, but it can also be a complete illusion. Humans are not great because they have particular gifts.
We are great and fantastic because we are made in God's image. We are full of dignity, since there is the eternal God who made us, who wants us and who gave and provides this dignity. It is deeply rooted into human existence. It is given to us - to the old and the young, to the busy and the bored.
In the letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul writes about what can fill our hearts. He writes about the source of life:
… so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (Ephesians 3, 17+18)
Grounded in Love …
We are asked to be grounded in love. Paul talks about God's love. He talks about God's care. We are to be grounded in his justice, in his strength. We are to be “children of God” in this sense: humans who know their eternal father.
The bible calls God the father. That has much meaning. The relationship which God wants with humans - and the relationship he HAS with humans - is that of a father, a true father. It is a relationship of deep love and dignity and appreciation. It is a relationship which carries all we need, all we want, all we desire! It is better than our wildest dreams …
And here Paul also talks about Christ Jesus. He is to be in our hearts, he is the love of God coming to us. He is his justice, his power, his spirit and his strength. The word became flesh and lived among us, John write about Jesus at the beginning of his Gospel.
There is much to say here, much to understand, so much to discover! The bible is a fantastic book, a great treasure, and an eternal source when read with faith. (Roland Potthast) ... further texts