As I was driving Hope to a doctor’s appointment this morning, we drove by a big tree with a huge trunk. I was thinking about how deep its roots must be, and it reminded me of a story.
Once upon a time there was a massive oak tree that had been alive for a couple of hundred years. One day a seedling sprouted up right next to it. The little seedlings declared, “I’m an oak tree. I’m an oak tree!” The big oak tree replied, “You’re not an oak tree yet.” A few weeks later the little guy had grown a limb, so he declared again, “I am an oak tree. I am an oak tree!” The older oak tree replied, “You’re not an oak tree yet.” A few months later that little seedling had grown into a much larger tree, but still had a long way to go. However, once again he declared, “I’m an oak tree. I’m an oak tree.” The older tree responded, “You’re not an oak tree yet.” Soon after, a ferocious storm swept through the forest. Trees were bending, limbs were breaking off, and some trees were completely uprooted. When the storm was over the big tree looked down and saw the little tree shaking and trembling, but still standing. The big tree then bent down and said, “Now you’re an oak tree”.
What enabled these oak trees to weather the storm? Roots. Deep roots.
That is the exact same way it is in the Christian life. Christians will endure the storms of life because they have deep roots.
But how do we develop deep roots? The Book of Ephesians tells us:
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:17b
The more you know – experientially – how much Jesus loves you, the deeper your roots will grow.
Jesus’ love is the soil that enables the Word of God to grow in your heart. Why? Because:
“Perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:19
This is THE revelation that will completely change your life.
Knowing the love of Christ makes it incredibly easy to ask and expect your prayers to be answered.
Without knowing the love of God for you, the soil of your heart will be cluttered with the rocks and hard soil of doubt, unbelief, and fear.
However, growing in the love of Christ removes these obstacles, enabling you to experience the promise at the end of this passage:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20
That power in you is a deep knowledge of how much Jesus loves you.
Ask the Lord to open your spiritual understanding of how much He loves you. The more you know, the deeper your roots will grow.
Q. What is stopping you from believing that Jesus loves you completely?
Q. What can you do to grow in the knowledge of the love of Jesus?