A while ago, in geography I learnt about mangroves. They’re pretty much everywhere you go. By the sea, around lakes and wharfs and even up at the shops… ok well maybe not up at the shops, but you get the idea. Mangroves are very common. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean they are any ordinary tree. You see, mangroves are very special. They are known for one thing: their roots. Their roots are both extensive and diverse and are so strong that it’s been said they can withstand tsunamis. What does that have to do with anything? Read on to find out more….
Last week’s reading was Ephesians 3. Paul writes, ”…Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong”. It isn’t the amount of trust you have, but simply the fact that you trust. Christ then makes his home in your heart and because of that, your roots grow. Where do they grow into? God’s love. Where your roots grow into, your foundation is just as important as how strong your roots are. God’s love will keep you strong. The strongest and most mature Christians aren’t necessarily the oldest. They are the ones who have trusted Christ and sunk their roots deep into God’s love. Be like a mangrove, trust in God and grow some strong roots.
What happens when roots are strong? The very next thing Paul writes is this: “May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide how long how high and how deep his love is”. God’s love is like an iceberg. Icebergs have a small tip, but most of it remains hidden underwater. In a similar way what we see of God’s love towards us is only the beginning. The deeper you delve, the more you realize that what you understand is only scratching the surface of how immense God’s love truly is. There is so much more. That’s why he goes on to write, “may you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully”. God’s love is so mind blowing that even after years and years and years, we can still be amazed by it.
What did you like about Ephesians 3? We'd love to hear what you learnt. Also, stay tuned for part 2 coming a little later in the week :)