Rooted In Love, Part 2 By Teresa Fields
Let us begin by looking again at the key verses for this article, which are part of Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus.
Ephesians 3:16-17 in the New Living Translation says:
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources [God] will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. 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.”
This implies that we are planted in the soil of God’s Love in order to grow. The Classic Amplified version of verse 17 puts it this way:
“May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love…”
According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, rooted means that a plant has its roots planted or fixed in the earth. And planted means ‘set in the earth’ or fixed. In the context of being rooted in God’s Love, His desire is that we become planted, set, and fixed in the foundation of His Love for us. When someone is set or fixed, they are immovable, just like the mature oak tree in the previous article. We are to become so deeply rooted in God that nothing can shake us, and no wind or storm of adversity can cause us to be uprooted.
The strength and stability we can have when we are rooted in love is described in Psalm 92, verses 12-13 (NLT):
The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
This reminds us of the man in Psalm 1 who keeps himself away from the influences of the world and meditates on God’s Word. He is like the tree that is firmly planted by the streams of water. My study on this revealed another meaning that Webster included for the verb “to plant”: to unite (one) to Christ and fix in a state of fellowship with Him. Then I realized this truth–God did that for me! Each of us has been planted in the right soil or foundation. And God has made a way for us to put our roots down deep in Him so that we are fully supplied with all we need and can never be moved.
Be Planted In His Love,