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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.– Ephesians 3:17b-19 NIV
Do you have any goals as a believer; what you would like to become or do as a child of God? Paul expressed a goal in this passage that should be near the top of our bucket list as believers; “to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” This was Paul’s prayer for those he writes to, including, I believe, us. That we would be filled completely with all God has to offer us.
The Way of Love
But that seems not to be something that just happens. Love has to happen first. And not just a casual love. What Paul describes here is a three-step process. First, we need to be rooted and established in love. Our roots need to grow deep into God’s love, so much so that it becomes the foundation of our lives.
Then we can begin to grasp the extent of Christ’s love for us. A love that reaches into every area of our lives. And, finally, after grasping the extent of his love, that we would experience it. This is a love that is beyond my ability to understand; it has to be lived.
And now, knowing this love, I can be filled completely with God. I cannot hold all that he is, but I can be filled to my capacity with him. Follow the way of love (Eph. 5:2). It is the pathway to the fullest possible relationship with God.