The book of Ephesians is so amazing. It is so dense in content and wisdom. As I read today’s scriptures, the one verse that really speaks to me today concerns opening the eyes of our hearts. Let’s do a quick exercise. Close your eyes for 30 seconds, then open them. Don’t continue reading until you have done this. Experiencing this is much different than just reading about it. Do it now.
Welcome back. When your eyes were closed, what did you see? Black. Darkness. Nothing. When you opened your eyes, notice how light rushes in and everything around you is revealed. It’s not like something new appeared next to us while our eyes were closed. Everything was already there, we just couldn’t see it.
This is exactly what God can do for us, and in our lives. He can give us wisdom and understanding and life at a whole new level. He can reveal truths about who we are, and what he has planned for us, and what he has already done for us. He can help us see what blessings that he has already promised us and given us. but that we currently cannot see.
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“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” – Ephesians 1:18
This is such a great prayer, that our hearts be open and enlightened to see and know God and everything that comes from him. What do we see when our hearts open to know God? We have hope. We understand our calling. We know glory. We know God’s “incomparably great power for us who believe.” – (Ephesians 1:19). We know that everything was placed under the feet of Jesus.
We know too that Jesus is the head of the church and we the church are the body (Ephesians 1:22). As the body, we are “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” – (Ephesians 1:23) And just as the head and the body work together, so too are we to work together with Christ. And just as the body does the work as instructed by the head, so too are we to do the work that has been instructed to us by the head of the Church who is Christ.
Jesus came to show us the way. “With all wisdom and understanding, God made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ.” – (Ephesians 1:9). And when we believed in Him, we are “marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit”. – (Ephesians 1:13). This is the same power that rose Jesus from the grave (Ephesians 1:20). This is the same power that lives in all of us, the body of Christ!
What a great prayer today’s verse is. Let’s pray that God will open the eyes of our hearts that we might see what is revealed in the riches of His inheritance, hope, calling, glory, and power, and more… to us today, and forevermore. Amen.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. We seek you first thing every morning, and are so thankful that you help get our day started off on the right foot. Help us to stay on Your path and walk with you all throughout the day. We pray that you reveal to us, your believers and humble servants, the riches of your inheritance. Fill us with hope. Let us know our calling for us right now. Reveal your glory. Help us to step with boldness into the amazing future that you have planned for each of us. Unleash your power in our lives, for your honor and glory, forever and ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Proverbs 30,31; Psalm 33; Ephesians 1
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength” – Ephesians 1:19
- “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church” – Ephesians 1:22
- “which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” – Ephesians 1:23
- “he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ” – Ephesians 1:9
- “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” – Ephesians 1:13
- “he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 1:20
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