Him Dwelling in Us; Us Deeply Rooted in His Love
Today, we continue through this beautiful passage. Bear with me as we break at awkward places sometimes. Look for the love Paul has for believers as well as looking for the love God has for believers.
Our Passage for Today:
Ephesians 3:17 (NIV)
“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…”
If you have received Him as Lord and Savior, Christ does dwell in your heart. He gave you the faith to believe in Him and now He does dwell in your heart. If you have not yet put your faith in Him to save you, I pray that today is the day you will come to that place with Him. He will give you the faith to believe in Christ, to surrender your life to Christ and then He will dwell in your heart too!
Christ dwelling in our hearts changes everything. Life can be seen through a wonderful and different lens. We have the opportunity to have the One True God living inside us. We do not automatically have Him in us as some false religions teach. According to Scripture, He is not part of us. But, when He comes to dwell in our hearts He makes us part of His family. We do not become God; we become God’s.
We are adopted into His family and like we see so many families with adopted children, we are loved just like the One who has always been with the Father. He gives us the status of an heir with Him, meaning: He wants to share His inheritance with us. As believers, we get to live this life walking with Him and then we get to live with Him in heaven forever and ever. We truly become His. He dwells in us and we dwell with Him.
Let’s go to the Verse:
“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”
That “so” is tying verse 17 to verse 16 which we worked through last time. In all God glorious riches, He can strengthen us with power from the Holy Spirit. Christ lives – dwells – in the hearts of believers. This is accomplished as He gives us faith to believe in Him and trust Him as our Lord and Savior.
“And I pray that you…”
Paul continues to tell the Ephesians what he is praying for them.
“…being rooted and established in love…”
We will finish this sentence next time in verse 18, but for now…
Truly, God’s love is fertile soil that we can really sink our roots deep down into. Being rooted and established would be being built on a good foundation with a good structure in place – built to last and built to flourish.
So We Can Stand
An oak tree’s roots dig down deep into a water source. In doing this, it becomes well established and strong so when the strong wind blows that tree can stand and not be blown over. Like the oak, our roots are supposed to dig down deep into God’s love. We, too, can be rooted and stable so that we stand strong in the destructive winds that would blow us over.
Here again, keep in mind that Paul is asking God to do this in us. He is not telling us to do it. Our roots gravitate toward God because that is what He created us to do.
By nature, we seek something to dig into. God created us and geared us in such a way that we dig after a “higher power” – Him. Unfortunately, we may try for a while to root ourselves in other things: big houses, important positions, fine clothes, fancy cars, knowledge, enlightenment…etc. Nothing else, absolutely nothing else, will satisfy our roots until they are digging into the fresh living water that is God’s love. Paul prays in this chapter and other scriptures back this statement up: We are called to be rooted and established in God’s love.
So, What do We do?
So, if it is God who will do this, and it is not our task to attend to, then what are we to do?
- We are to seek Him to know Him.
- Focus on Him day in and day out.
- Glorify Him in all we do.
- Read His Word
- Pray to Him
- Honor Him with our songs of praise and worship
- Stay away from things that will come between us and Him
- Know that He lives in our hearts and do not take Him where He does not want to go.
- Ask the Lord to help us choose well in our activities, thoughts, and conversations.
In conclusion, as we make decisions we really can get in the habit of knowing that He is with us. The more we are aware of Him dwelling on our hearts, the more easily we will choose His way instead of ours. Once again, this is sanctification and it is a lifelong process – day by day, step by step. It is a beautiful process that we get to enjoy and embrace as each step brings us closer to our wonderful loving God. Though it is not always comfortable, it is always rewarding. His is our Reward!
Thank You so much, Lord, for Your love. Every time I consider how much You love me, I am just dumbfounded. Please help each one reading this to feel Your great love today. I thank You that You love us each as Your own. I thank You that Jesus Christ made the way for us to come to You. Thank You that You gave us the faith to believe, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord, that You are rooting us and establishing us in Your love. Help us, Lord, to seek You with our whole hearts and love You with all that we are. Lord, make us completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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