Over the last month or two I have set several goals. I decided to enter several bicycle races next year but have found that I need to lose some weight to improve my chances. In the bike world, you can pay big bucks to reduce the weight of your bike I could spend $10,000 to get a bike that is strong , but only weighs 10# (my current bike which in its day was near top of the line, 1970s, weighs about 20#). I have fought the need to upgrade saying, “Its a whole lot easier and cheaper to lose some fat that buy a carbon fiber this or that…” So I set some goals to lose a bike or two of weight off me belly and other places. I am very close to losing my first bike (20#) and am looking to get down to 199 lbs. Although I have put on a lot of muscle in my upper torso over the years by doing construction, I feel its possible. This would still put me 15# above my married weight. I like to eat, but have had the grace to limit my portions and eliminate most of the sweets. One visual I use is being able cycle down the road with a bike over each shoulder and being able to cast them off and really go. It feels good, even now, and my face is smiling.
While sitting in church a couple weeks ago I turned to Ephesians 3 and saw “…that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” I looked at it and said yes, I want that! Filled with HIS FULLNESS! (smiling). So I started backing up to see just how this was going to happen. I ended up at 3:16 ”That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man“. So, Paul was praying this, vs 14, for the Ephesians. I prayed it for me and a whole bunch of others (I also later realized that as I sow, I shall reap). It goes on showing the progression to His fullness.
First, being strengthened by His Spirit.
Second, Eph 3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love” Christ dwelling in my heart and because of being strengthened then being indwelt by Jesus causes me to be rooted and grounded in love.
Thirdly, Eph 3:18 “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” then I get to fully find, obtain and perceive His love.
Fourthly, “And to know the love of Christ…” to be fully sure of His love I am filled with His fullness.
Notice there is not much required of me, but to say yes and pursue after and be open to Him. The rest is up to Him.
It all starts with being strengthened.