“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened...” Ephesians 1:18a
Ok, I know you’ve heard me say this many times before, but this may be my favorite verse. The ESV translates it, “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened.” We often think of the heart as the seat of our emotions, but in the Bible the heart refers to the entire inner man which includes the emotions, the mind and the will. Through the Bible we learn the heart has spiritual faculties that parallel our physical senses. We read things like, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… He who has ears to hear, let him hear… If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious… A sweet smelling aroma… In hope that they might grope for Him and find Him…” (John 3:3, Matthew 13:9, 1 Peter 2:3, Phillipians 4:18, Acts 17:27). Throughout these scriptures the heart is found seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching.
Paul prayed that our relationship with Jesus would be so intimate we would be able to see Him, hear Him, taste Him, smell Him and touch Him. Does this describe your relationship with Jesus? If not, it’s important to realize it’s not because of your mind, but your heart. The eyes of your heart can only be opened by the Holy Spirit.
Join us Sunday morning as we open Ephesians 1:15-23 and dig deep into Paul’s “Prayer for Enlightenment”. Our hope is that the eyes of our heart will be opened by the Holy Spirit so we may enjoy seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching Jesus in a way like never before.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!