November 11 Esight, 2008

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3: 17-19, NASBWhat does it mean to be rooted and grounded? I’m very familiar with how these words are normally used in the context of the denomination to which I belong. Whenever we say that a person is “grounded,” we usually mean that this person is convinced beyond all argument of the teachings of his or her church. The denomination with which I fellowship holds 28 beliefs to be fundamental. To be rooted and grounded in this context means that we have considered for ourselves, studied for ourselves, made our decision, and are unable to be convinced otherwise. But this is not exactly how Paul used these two words. It was not the doctrinal teachings of Christianity or some denomination within Christianity with which he was so occupied.

Paul’s desire—his wish, his prayer—was that we would be rooted and grounded in love! That we would become settled, beyond all argument, in the truth that God loves us! That we would be unwavering, unable to be convinced otherwise. That we would be “rooted and grounded” in the fact that God loves us, no matter what others might make us feel, or, even more importantly, how our own shortcomings and mistakes might make us feel. That we would be beyond any capacity to be convinced of anything that would even hint at contradicting the fact that nothing, absolutely nothing, could ever make God love us any less. This is referred to by some as the “sealing”:

Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already. (E.G. White, Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 1161)

John saw this event:

And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel. Revelation 7: 2-4

And notice what the result of this sealing truly is:

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. Revelation 14: 1 (emphasis added.)

God’s “name” is the Biblical way of referring to His Character! (For more on this, please listen to Two Pictures Collide at www.renewedheartministries.com.)

God’s character, God’s name, can be summed up in three words. God is love! (1 John 4:8) To be sealed, or rooted and grounded in this, is to not only believe that God is love, but also that He loves me! And nothing can convince me otherwise!

And what will be the glorious result of this conviction, this faith? According to our original passage, we will then be “filled with all the fullness of God!”

John wholeheartedly agrees with Paul:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. I John 4: 7-8 (emphasis added.)

When we become convinced of the vast dimensions of God’s love for us, this love will awaken that same love in us! We will be filled with all the fullness of the very God who is love!

God wants to seal you in His love, dear reader! He wants you to be rooted and grounded in His love for you so that nothing will ever be able to convince you otherwise. So that you might say with Paul, “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39

Nothing! Nothing! Nothing will ever make Him love you any less! You are loved. Only by being rooted and grounded in the vast dimensions of His love for us can He restore this same kind of love in the hearts of humanity once again. Love is not just the result; it is the very means by which the result is accomplished. Only by love is love awakened.

I wish you God’s best this week.