For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:14-21, ESV
My Bible titles this passage Prayer for Spiritual Strength.
I love this passage because it is a reminder of our spiritual heritage. Our spiritual legacy.
And we can take ownership of it.
During my daily Bible time, lately, God has been showing me how often through scripture he calls us to action. He wants us to participate. Not sit on the sidelines. We are to be engaged in our lives.
When we bow our knees, we actively humble ourselves before God. We show a legacy of trust when we willingly humble ourselves.
Did you catch verse 15?
…from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
Y’all, we have a legacy in the name of Jesus Christ. He has given us his name. He is our Father. He passed on to us the greatest legacy that ever could have been given.
…being rooted and grounded in love.
The charge we are given here by Paul is to build our spiritual strength. The way to do that? Be rooted and grounded in love. It is God’s love that gives us strength to know and understand the gospel message. It is that love that allows us to be filled with Christ, sharing him with others. We can’t live out our faith unless we are first established in the love that He gives to us.
What a beautiful picture!
If I asked you to rate yourself on a scale from 1-10, where would you say your spiritual strength is? Are you rooted and grounded in God’s love? Is He filling you up so that you can pour out on others?
Ask Him for help if you need it. Thank God for giving you His love and strength. For the gospel message.
Then go, and actively live out your faith!