About 15 years ago, while attending Central Christian College of the Bible, I was part of a worship band called Three Days Under (don’t worry, you can’t find us on Google, but can find our songs on allmusic.com). We’d travel around across Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska leading worship for church events, conventions and camps. It was a really neat experience for me and I’ve learned a lot about worship and leading through those worship concerts we used to do. Many times after the sets were over we’d get asked to sign autographs on our CD and t-shirts. I hated that. It’s natural to dislike what we don’t understand, and I didn’t understand why anyone would want my autograph. (Unless of course I’m promising to pay money for something I bought, like my house…) I wasn’t famous. People didn’t know me. I was the guitar player and didn’t really ever sing.
Then Jesse and Scott, our band leaders, gave me some interesting advice. “Why don’t you turn it into a ministry by giving them a Scripture verse when you sign your name?” they said.
That one comment made the difference for me. So I picked up my Bible and searched for something that I could write down with my name. This is the passage I found:
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)
When I read this it became clear to me that I needed to pray for spiritual growth for each person in their relationship with God, to grow to a level in which they’d be able to experience all the fullness of God. That’s a lot of full! And yet, even though there’s so much of who He is that He’d like to show us as we grow in our relationship with Him, His mighty power at work within us can accomplish even more than what we even ask for…or even think about! Imagine the greatest thing possible…God can do infinitely more. (my mind is so small) So I prayed for each person as I wrote my name on their shirt.
It’s still my prayer today. For you, for me, for Meridian Point. I pray for us that we will tap into the unlimited resources of God and His power to keep us strong, to transform our minds and hearts, for us to continue to move toward Him instead of distractions that might cause us to not trust in His goodness and grace. I want God to make my heart and yours His home. And apparently the love of God is something we can have the power to understand, even though it’s so much greater than my words can describe. I guess that’s what makes His love something you can experience personally…daily. Praise Him for His amazing grace toward us! And let us echo with Paul, AMEN!