“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. 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 3:16-19, NIV)
This past summer I was on a mission: to dig out the plethora of weeds littering our backyard. I don’t think I realized what I’d gotten myself into as I began the process…
Those dandelions have huge, deep roots! My dollar store spade didn’t even last thirty minutes before bending, crippled by the expenditure of muscle to get down far enough into the dirt.
Those pesky weeds. Suffice it to say I didn’t clear out allllll the weeds like I’d hoped to. More so, because I didn’t get all the way to the end of a lot of the roots, those stinkers have almost all popped back up again!
Now Autumn is here, my favourite season. Time to put away my cheap gardening tools, pull out a cozy blanket, and do some reflecting. And today, I’m thinking about roots.
What comes to mind when you hear Paul say glorious riches? Is there an image that pops into your head? For me, its literally beyond fathoming. I continue to think how amazing heaven will be when we get there one day, its glorious riches are beyond my capacity to indulge.
Those same glorious riches are available to use right now, though, this side of heaven through Jesus Christ and His gift of the Holy Spirit. What a thought!
Paul’s prayer is that from those glorious riches we’d be strengthened in our faith. Also, that we would understand the depth of God’s love towards us, which is the cornerstone of our faith through Jesus’s finished work on the cross.
Summarized, the goal: Faith strengthened, rooted and established in God’s love.
A strong faith is of huge importance, for the days we live in are evil. Without those roots down deep, the enemy of our souls will succeed to pluck us up out of the ground with his own set of “dollar store spades.”
And yes, to further this metaphor, the devil indeed has tools, but they aren’t quality tools. So he can get us if our roots aren’t too deep, but if they do go down far…fat chance!! He may maim us, but we will rise from the ground once more. Alive. Victorious. Like a backyard full of dandelions…
Okay, maybe the metaphor lost a bit of beauty right there. But wait. Little children love dandelions. They are thrilled at the sight of a yard full of them. To have such faith, faith like child (as Jesus references in Matthew 18:2-4), is to also see the beauty of those pesky dandelions that we so long to remove.
So, Friends, do you know how loved you are? Really? If you truly knew, how would it impact your faith, change your life?
My own backyard is a dandelion medley, and it will be staying that way for the near future. And my heart? It’s a work in progress, intentionally being rooted and established in God’s amazing love so that my faith is strengthened for the road ahead.
He who began this good work in us is faithful. Let your roots go down deep into Him, that you may be filled, complete, in God’s love.