Ephesians 3:14-19 – That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love
Meditation: What keeps us from sin? Is it willpower? Is it a good upbringing? Is it Church attendance? Or is it something else? In some way all of these things help us resist temptations, but the real source of any strength we have is God’s Spirit. By our nature, human beings are rather broken creatures. We are bent toward selfish desires and short term gains. When we meet a poorly disciplined child or a indulged adult, we find that natural desires do not include selflessness or charity. Therefore, these qualities must come from outside into the heart of a person like nutrients and life giving water into the roots of a tree.
The Apostle Paul understood this principle, and he wanted the saints of the church at Ephesus to know how strongly he desired for the Spirit of Christ penetrate the hearts of the people. Where Christ reigns without resistance the saints are most blessed and joyous. The question we must ask ourselves is… Are we resisting Him or are we submitting willingly to the supreme power of God’s Holy Spirit? Resistance while ultimately futile is still something many attempt.
Call to Action: Write down all of the things that may currently be in the way of you fully relying on God. Include everything from career to children, family to friends, old sins and new temptations. Now earnestly submit these things to God’s control, realizing that He is the one in control, not you. We simply hope to be useful to His Majesty rooted and ground in His love.