That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth all knowledge, that ye might be filled will all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19
Text: Ephesians 3:17-19
Prop: a eucalyptus branch
Summary: God wants us to be rooted in Jesus so we can love others.
Look at what I brought with me today. This is a branch of a eucalyptus tree. I recently had to move it from a spot near my house to the open part of the back yard. I did this so it could grow to its full height. It needed more space and sunshine. A few days later, it had “plant shock” from being moved. The leaves lost their bright green color and some fell off. It lost some of it’s sweet odor also. My wife and I had to stake it and water it to help it grow again in it’s new spot in the yard.
The apostle Paul once wrote in the Bible about being rooted and grounded in love in his letter to the Ephesians. God wants us to be rooted in Jesus. That is where we get our ability to love others. As long as we stick with Jesus, we can do great things for God, but without him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).
We can help others be rooted in Jesus too. We can tell them about Jesus. We can invite them to come to church with us. We can be their friends whenever they have a move in their life. Can you think of times when you wanted to have a friend? Like when you went to a new school or class for the first time. Or when your family moved to a new city. Other people need the love that only Jesus can give through you, also. Like when a grandparent moves to a nursing home. Or a teenager goes from home to college. Or a husband changes jobs. All of these changes mean we need to care and help them just as the tree needed water and a stake to help it in it’s new spot.
Let’s remember to help others whenever they move to a new spot because when we are rooted and grounded in Jesus, we can do great things for God.
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