Jul 25, 2012

Benediction: Ephesians 3: 16-21

Here’s a benediction from Ephesians 3:16-21, adapted from Eugene Peterson’s The Message. 

(based on Ephesians 3:16-21, The Message)

I ask God to strengthen you by the power of the Spirit—
not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—
that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in.

And I ask God that
with both feet planted firmly on love 
you’ll be able to take in with all Christians
the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.

Reach out and experience the breadth!
Test its length!
Plumb the depths!
Rise to the heights!
Live full lives—full in the fullness of God.

God can do anything, you know—
far more than you could ever imagine or guess
or request in your wildest dreams! 
Not by pushing us around
but by working within us,
through the power of God’s Spirit.

All glory to the God of Creation! 
All glory to the Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ!
And all glory to the Spirit of God, at work among us and within us!

Go in the love of God!