Look at the volume of water in this reservoir and try to feel the pressure of it on the dam wall.
Now look down at the bottom of the wall and you’ll see a small sluice gate has been opened, releasing a tremendous jet of water.
Can you imagine the force in that rush of water through such a small space?
That’s the image I have in mind when I hear Paul’s say, “The love of Christ constrains us.” The word for “constrain” means “compression through narrowing.”
As Paul plumbs the length, breadth, depth, and height of Christ’s immeasurable love for him, it’s as if an unstoppable pressure builds upon his little life, compressing his soul, and propelling him forwards in passionate and powerful Gospel ministry.
If we would spend more time exploring the deeps of Christ’s love, we too would be jetted forwards in zealous and courageous service.