17 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,
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
– Ephesian 3:17-19
I had this vision in my imagination of a person walking on the soil. As they walked they started to crumble like dirt. As the person crumbled they went into the soil and became roots and literally grasped onto the soil. As this person grasped the soil a tree burst forth and grew. Thinking of this again I see fruit and others coming to eat of the fruit of the tree.
Interpretation: The person is a believer. The crumbling is the process of deny of self and the body of sin being done away with. They became good soil. Roots were established by love and gave birth to a tree with fruit. This fruit was provided for nourishment of those around. Fruit is meant to be eaten. The fruit of the Spirit is meant for others.
Notice this picture’s roots compared to the branches? The branches are subject to the roots. The tree’s height is subject to its depth. And the depths are subject to the soil. Soil consists or organic matter. Some living and some dead. Dead of self and life of spirit. I wonder if the seed ever knew what was inside of it. How about yourself? Do you know the abundance that is resident inside you? What has been implanted? (see James 1:21) Do you not know you have everything that pertains to life and godliness? (see 2 Peter 1:3) Unless you die and get buried no life can come forth. (see John 12:24) Healthy roots in our lives bring healthy fruit. Bitter roots bring bitter fruit which defile many. (see Heb. 12:15)
God is love. He doesn’t have it, He is it. Until we submit to His love we will never being truly set free from ourselves or the enemy. Isn’t it interesting the two commandments our older Brother gave us was to love God with all our hearts, soul, strength, and mind. The second love your neighbor as yourself. How many of us love ourselves? How many of us forgive ourselves? C. S. Lewis put it brilliantly:
“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”
This is what I mean by submitting to His love. Forgiving ourselves doesn’t leave us off the hook but it does leave us off the cross. Not loving yourself will never produce humility or holiness. If we don’t have God’s love rooted in grounded in ourselves and about ourselves we cannot love others healthily. Loved people love people. Until we become personal with God (we did ask to have a personal relationship with Him didn’t we?) we cannot receive His Personhood. Apostle said in Philippians 3:10
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] (AMP)
Knowing Him intimately is key. Revelation was birthed by John’s position at His heart. Oh to be called “the disciple who Jesus loved!” Knowing Him and His love in the depths of the soil of your love will determine how grounded you are and the heights you’ll attain.
In order to be beloved you must be loved. Be lavished with it. Be overcome with it. Get wrapped in the bliss of Agape.
Father, we come to You, Love Himself, and ask that you wrap Your love around us. We accept Your love based upon Your full knowledge of our past, present and future. We receive Your love as the most accurate estimation of ourselves. Forgive us for false humility and not rooting and grounding ourselves in Your love. Forgive us for trying to stop the flow, like we could stop your love. Enrich our soil. Plant. Water. Father, give increase. Teach us to love! Help us to be the opposite force of hate in our lives and this world. Root us and ground us in Your love. Help us to be loved. Forgive us for hating ourselves and our neighbors. Heal us, Father, from the wounds and arrows. Let Your love overwhelm us.
In Jesus’ precious name
Amen and Amen