. . . That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3: 17-19)
Let us examine this passage backwards. At the end of it, Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be filled with the fullness of God, as opposed to the fullness of the world or themselves. Before that, he longed for them to know the love of Christ which is so incredible and gracious that it doesn’t even make logical sense. Prior to this, the Apostle hoped that they would grow to a point that they could comprehend the width, length, depth and height of the principles and practices of the faith. Now, comes the means by which, or should we say the medium in which, all of these become possible. Before they can experience the totality of what Paul asks for the Ephesians, they must first be rooted and grounded in love. It is in the love of God and out of the love of Christ that each of these requests grows.
When we are rooted and grounded in this love, we will be able to withstand the winds and storms of life. When we are rooted and grounded in this love, we will somehow always be able to reach deep waters to nourish our souls in times of drought. When we are rooted and grounded in this love, we will blossom, bloom and bear fruit against the odds. When we are rooted and grounded in this love, we will be lovable and show love.
Just as you are what you eat, what you grow in inevitably comes out of you.