“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given,
to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”
The unsearchable riches of Christ. This is what Paul desired others to see.
“That Christ would dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of God that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).
How often do we get caught up in wanting certain things, circumstances, or outcomes and forget that Christ is where riches are found?
Unsearchable riches in the glorious Messiah who fills all in all. We cannot even fathom the fullness of it – the breadth and length and height and depth – without Him giving us the strength to do so.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!…For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33,36)
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8a). There is surpassing worth in knowing Christ. Beyond everything. It will fill us with the fullness of God. Making us whole. Satisfying the depths of our heart. Filling our empty places. Mending our brokenness. There will still be pain and suffering as a result of living in a fallen world, but in those seasons we can press into Him and find One who draws especially near to us with compassion and strength. One who is still able to fill and mend and who will be faithful to walk with us each step of the way. One who purposes those times of difficulty to give us more of Him.
Perhaps this gives insight into Jesus’ assurances to us of provision, blessing, and reward if we will seek His kingdom and righteousness above anything else, if we will abandon all for His sake.
Not so we will fix our eyes on rewards.
But so we are freed to fix our eyes on Him – the true treasure that surpasses all.
Temptations and enticements of our enemy and the forces of darkness are broken of power because we are assured that our God will be faithful to take care of the rest. We just run wholeheartedly after Him.
And as our heart is freed from those other fixations, assured that God is faithful, it pursues Christ and finds something wonderful and unexpected: Jesus is better than all of that. Pursuing a life in which He is glorified is better than pursuing whatever we think will make us happy or make our life complete.
Because His glory is our purpose. That goes against our human nature. We tend to want our happiness and satisfaction underneath it all.
But only in releasing those can we actually experience wholeness and truly abundant, flourishing life.
Christ is it.
He is the riches.
He is all.
The glory of God fills the heavens and the earth and will flood our lives as well. This is what is better.
When we release everything and pursue Christ, we will discover His unsearchable riches. The breadth and length and height and depth. The love of God that surpasses knowledge.
We will be filled and our God will be glorified – and, oh, may the latter be our true aim. May our desire for His glory be underneath it all. May that be our foundation.