“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:17-18 (NIV)
If we want to go deeper in our relationship with God—be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God as Jesus was—we first need to be rooted and established in His love. We become rooted when we are certain of God’s love and established as we lean into that certainty over time. The King James Version of the Bible uses the word grounded, which carries with it the connotation of being well-acquainted with something.
Being rooted and established in God’s love is not the end game, however, it’s more of a starting line. God’s Kingdom is built on a foundation of love, out of love. The very heart and soul of the Gospel message centers on love: For God so loved the world that He gave His only son. The two greatest commands in Scripture are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. And I Corinthians 13 tells us that without love, all of our knowledge and good deeds and sacrifice for others amounts to nothing. Being well-grounded in God’s love fuels our relationship with Him and others.
Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus that they might have power, together with all God’s Holy people (which includes us) to grasp the depth and breadth of Jesus’ love and to know this love. When this becomes a reality in our lives, our capacity to love becomes greater and greater and we, in turn, become more and more filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. In other words, when we get to the point where we think we’ve experienced all there is to experience of God’s love, there is actually more! There is no bottom to the depths of His love; just more to discover and know.
Father, I pray that we might first be rooted and established in your love—that we might know with utmost certainty that we are loved. Grant us power to grasp the scope of the love of Christ and to know this love, that we might be filled to the measure with you.