Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:17–19
There’s a beautiful tree in the field in front of our house. We live at the top of a very steep hill overlooking the sea, so it’s branches shield our house from the worse of the wind in very stormy weather. I have photos of the tree, taken in every season, standing tall and strong, through storms, covered in snow, and filled with birds nests and green leaves.
I’ve been reading Ephesians 3 this week, and this lovely old tree comes to mind.
The reason the tree is able to stand, tall and strong, year after year, through any storm life brings, is that it is deeply rooted and grounded. Unshakable!
A Stable Foundation
So many Christians live in guilt, fear and self condemnation. Do you struggle with a temptation you can’t seem to shake off? Maybe you feel you just never measure up and that leaves you feeling unworthy?
To be “rooted and grounded” in the love of God literally means: “to build under you a deep and stable foundation of knowing and understanding God’s love for you.”
Jesus died once and for all for our sins and weaknesses. Until we know and understand the depth of love He has for us, we won’t have a stable or permanent foundation in life.
Rooted By Streams of Water
One of my favourite passages of scripture is Psalm 1:1–3
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
The enemy of your soul – Satan, will whisper in your ear: “you’ve let God down, God doesn’t really love you, you’re on your own – you’ve really blown it this time”. Those are lies, from the father of lies! This Psalm tells us that those who do not keep company with ones who speak such lies are blessed! They’re likened to trees, planted by streams.
The reason those trees thrive us that their roots are constantly nourished by the water. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around them “above ground”,- how stormy the weather might be – their roots are grounded in that river.
In John 7:37-39 Jesus promised “living water” to anyone who comes to Him.
Jesus is our life-source. He is the one who sustains and nourishes us. We need to stay close to Him at all times and through all seasons. Are your roots grounded in the “River” that is Jesus Christ?
Paul yearned for believers to grasp the truth. “[That you] . . may be able to comprehend . . .the love of Christ” (God.
Ephesians 3:17–19). The Greek word for comprehend here suggests “to eagerly seize or lay hold of.
I believe Paul means for us to seize this truth and make it the foundation of our Christian life. To reach out and say, “I am going to grasp hold of this!”
Let this be the day that you grasp hold of God’s incredible love for you.
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