In the midst of a fierce west coast storm, I listened to the howling wind and watched torrential rain lashing my window. The grove of tall evergreen trees near my house took the brunt of the storm, branches whipping and trunks bending, the occasional limb breaking with a sharp crack and dropping to the ground. If one of those huge trees should be uprooted and fall on my house it would cause much damage. But I wasn’t worried about that possibility because I had walked around the base of the trees and knew how firmly rooted and grounded they were. It would take more than a big storm to topple those well-established trees.
The apostle Paul’s prayer for the believers in Ephesus (Ephesians 3) passionately expresses his desire for them to be “rooted and grounded in love … to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know that love that surpasses knowledge.” (vs. 18-19 NIV) Paul uses a botanical example with the word “rooted”.
The trees in my yard could not have grown tall and strong without sending their roots deep into the rich earth. So our spiritual roots need to go deep to draw strength and nourishment from the fertile soil of Christ’s love. Our part is to be a receptive container for His love and lay the groundwork for Him to be active in our lives. How do we do this? We allow Him full access to every aspect of our lives, so “He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (vs. 16-17)
Faith is the fertilizer needed for His love to strengthen us. Our constant dependence on Him, constant surrender to Him and constant recognition of His sovereignty creates a willing receptacle for His love. The soil of Christ’s love is meant for more than roots; it is meant to bear fruit. When the fruit of the Spirit … love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22) are evident in our lives, then the roots of our inner being are well established in His love.
“Love is the soil in which our life must have its roots; and it is the rock upon which our faith must ever rest.” ~
W. Graham Scroggie