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THE GOSPEL: Deeper+Higher+Wider

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV).

Every year, every moment, we can make resolutions related sa gospel kasi the gospel is like the deepest ocean. Kahit nakapag-scuba dive ka na, di mo pa rin nasisisid ang pinakailalim nito. It is also like the highest mountain. Kahit nakapag-hike ka na, di mo pa rin naaakyat ang pinakatuktok nito. It is also like the widest field. Kahit nakapagsimula ka nang magtravel, di mo pa rin nararating ang pinakadulo nito.

May we Christians resolve, this year and beyond, to grow deeper in our affection for Jesus, higher in our adoration of God, and wider in our ambition for the spread of the gospel and the glory of God among all the nations.

For this gospel ambition, kailangan ng manpower, ng pera, ng training, ng strategies. But what we need most is the gospel. Only the gospel can truly motivate us. Only the gospel through the Spirit can empower us.

Parang kape. Dati nahilig ako sa San Mig coffee extra strong, 3 in 1 yan na instant. Pero simula nang matikman ko ang kapeng Barako galing sa Batangas, ayaw ko na ng instant. Kapag natikman mo ang tunay na kape, lalo na kapag puro, walang sugar at cream, grabe. You will want more and more. Hindi ka masisiyahan sa one or two cups lang. At gusto mo ring matikman ng iba, kaya nga nagpapakape ako, nagbebenta pa, so that others can experience the satisfaction of one of God’s marvelous creations! But in the gospel, we have something infinitely better than coffee. Kapag natikman mo ang puro, si Cristo at wala nang iba, you will want more and more of Jesus. At gusto mo ring maipakilala siya sa iba so that they can also taste and see that the Lord is good.

Sa dami ng mga hindrances and excuses na meron tayo – like our sins and our sufferings – for not diving deep, aiming higher, and reaching wider in the Christian life, we need more of the gospel.

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Your love is higher //
Than the skies up above //
Your love is wider //
Than what I can dream of //
Your love is deeper //
It's the greatest of all //
The greatest of all

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