Friday, July 26
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
It’s important that you have a healthy root system in order be able to bear the fruit that the Bible makes very plain should be evident in the life of a believer. But, along with a healthy root system it’s important that you put those roots down into the proper ground. It’s easy to find yourself trying to draw life from any number of sources other than Christ Himself. People often make the mistake of trying get fulfillment from human relationships and achievements rather than from the love of Christ. In other words, they are putting down roots into soil that cannot support their needs for nourishment and growth. No single person, whether it be a parent, spouse, pastor, child, or spiritual mentor was ever meant to be your support or source of life. Many failed marriages, church hurts, rebellious children, and broken relationships have resulted from one party putting too much strain on the other by looking to them as their source rather than Christ. The strongest relationships are built between people who are established in Him and choose to walk together, not who look to the other with unhealthy and unrealistic expectations. As you look at your life, are there certain people whom you’ve put unrealistic expectations on, expectancies that only God Himself can fulfill? Do that person and yourself a favor. Release them from that impossible position and put your your roots down into the only One who is capable of providing you the life and power that you need to live gloriously for the Kingdom. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff