The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"The Eternal Voyage"
Salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ initiates an eternal voyage into the "love of Christ, which passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).
No possibility exists of our ever completely arriving at a destination that ends our journey into the loving character, nature, and way of God. Wonders ever await us in far greater mode and measure than anything we have yet experienced. All flow with the current and course of knowing, understanding, receiving, and applying the "unsearchable riches" of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:8).
The eternal voyage began in the moment we trusted the Lord Jesus. It continues in this day. Indeed, in some way, God graces every born again believer with the potential to daily grow in our discovery of what it means that "God is love... of what it means that God so loved the world... of what it means that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us … of what it means that the Son of God loved me… of what it means to love Him because He first loved us… of what it means to walk in love as Christ also hath loved us… of what it means that God loves us as He loves His Son… and of what it means that the love of Christ passeth knowledge" (I John 4:8; John 3:16; Romans 5:5; Galatians 2:20; I John 4:19; John 17:23; Ephesians 3:19).
This consideration offers to us what must surely be the most thrilling thought imaginable to our hearts. Namely, regardless of how well or how much of God's love we presently know, the voyage has always just begun. By definition, a love that "passeth knowledge" will forever offer new vistas of discovery, wonder, worship, and joyous experience. We sail upon what one poet termed a "shoreless ocean" as we journey ever onward into the character and nature of love that comprises God's essence. "Come and see" ever beckons the Holy Spirit to the Blood-washed and Spirit-enlivened who have already known the love of God, but who forever have fresh scenes of His glory to behold (John 1:46).
When first seeing the Lord Jesus, the Apostle Paul asked the sublimely perfect question he still doubtless asks, and the question we do well to echo: "Who art Thou, Lord?" (Acts 9:5). Paul discovered the answer to be love. Moreover, he discovered that no final or complete answer is, or ever will be, available to any seeking heart. Thus, we do well from our earthly vantage point to ask the question day by day, and to rejoice with every new discovery that we will never arrive at a final destination of our eternal voyage into the love that now and forevermore "passeth knowledge."
"And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God."
(II Thessalonians 3:5)
Weekly Memory Verse
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.