And I pray that you [would be] rooted and established in love. (Ephesians 3:17)
When you are controlled by the Spirit of God you will be consumed with the love of God. In today’s key passage, Paul uses both an agricultural term and an architectural term to illustrate how much the love of God should consume us. We are to be “rooted and grounded in love.”
A root is what gives a tree strength. Our lives are to send roots down deep and wide into the soil of God’s love. The word “grounded” refers to the foundation of a building. A foundation gives a building stability. The foundation of everything we do and everything we say is to be love. Any architect will tell you that the higher a building that you want to build the deeper the foundation you have to lay.
The point is the deeper you go in your love for God the higher you will go for the glory of God. Loving God gives you the strength to deal with difficult people. Loving God gives you the stability to weather difficult problems.
So with this in mind, would you say that you’re rooted and grounded in love? Are you filled with the love of Christ? Because here is the truth. You are either full of self or you are full of God. You can’t be half full of God and half full of self, because God doesn’t share space with anybody.
One of the things we should pray for ourselves every day is that we are empty of self and full of God. I want to be so full of God that people see in me the love of God, that people hear from me the voice of God, and people feel from me the power of God.
Dear Father, I want to live a life that is rooted and grounded in love. I want to be so full of your love that people won’t even be able to question if I’m one of your followers. Help me to portray that kind of love every single day. In Jesus’ name, amen.