Read: Ephesians 3:14-21 NASB
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Paul knew that the only hope of freeing Ephesus from the Satanic bondage that engulfed this community was the love of God. I know that sounds trite, but my friends, that is the reality of spiritual power and authority that God imparts to His people. It is always and forever shrouded in His love. It is His love that commands authority over demons and darkness. It is His love that sets captives free. It is His love that flows out of the strength of His Spirit. In verse 16 of Ephesians 3, Paul tells us that God grants riches and glory through His Spirit into our innermost being when we open to His will and His way. But the riches and glory Paul speaks of are all built around one thing, the love of God; Christ dwelling in us imparting to us the love of God. Paul says that when we are, “rooted and grounded” in that love then and only then can we comprehend how the love of God is working in us, freeing and transforming us. This little word “grounded” unfolds an array of hope for each of us. In the original language it is the word themelioō and it means to have a foundation, or to lay a foundation. Now any of us who have ever worked construction or have built a building know that without a strong foundation you cannot build anything that will last. It is no different in the spiritual realm. Paul knew that the people of Ephesus had built their lives on quicksand. Satan had deceived them into thinking that they were safe when in fact they were slowly slipping away. Just like many of us who have built our lives on things that are a mirage, things that are not lasting, things that hell has lied to us about and convinced us that they will bless and bring life to us, but in fact they are killing us. Paul is telling us that freedom comes when God lays a strong foundation in our hearts, a foundation of His love, not us doing something for Him, not us serving other people, though both of these things are commendable. Neither of them are the answer to a life of freedom. His love is that answer. A love that Paul says surpasses knowledge. It is supernatural. When we open to Him deeply and daily, He builds this foundation as He deconstructs the lies that we have believed. When this foundation is laid then we begin to flourish with Him. We begin to experience a life that as Paul says, “may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Father, it is your love that heals and restores me. Forgive me for fearing you and your love. I know there are times you want to touch me and I am not open to your touch or your love. Make today a day that your love overwhelms me as I open to you.