We have a Saturday evening church service and wanted to refresh the décor on the stage, so we put together a design team. Our sanctuary seats 600, and the space is extremely large to work with. I heard my friend say that the large space needs to be filled with large design.
Tom Matherson, writer for Worldwide Tapestries says, “While too much space is never a problem, filling that space can be a real challenge.”
There is a cavernous space in the soul of each person.
We try decorating with knick-knacks, like clothes and money and romance and food, but these look like ridiculous trinkets in a warehouse-sized room.
We need a bigger design.
Paul prays for the Ephesian believers and acknowledges the empty space, the need for filling:
“I pray that…you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19 NIV)
Paul knows the grand design for satisfying that space and what it will take for people to feel full –an intimate knowledge of the love of God. (You should take time to read his whole prayer in chapter 3.)
I cannot fill you.
I cannot fill my husband.
I cannot fill my children.
I cannot fill my friend.
I cannot fill myself.
There is One who, in the beginning, took formless and void and spoke the words to beautifully fill it. Only He can, with extravagant and lavish love, fill the empty space inside the soul of every person.