November 1

Ephesians 1:15-23

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ…may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you” vss.17-18

When Paul was called to faith by the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus he had no idea what God was up to. He didn’t receive a jolt of wisdom and revelation with the experience and it took years of study, prayer, and conversation before he received full knowledge. In this letter to the Ephesians we see that all would-be believers face this kind of journey. Put simply, it takes time to know Jesus! Year after year the Holy Spirit messes with us, giving as much wisdom and revelation as we can stand, and eventually the eyes of our hearts will be enlightened and we will begin to grasp the full ramifications of the new hope that life in Christ brings. That’s why it’s such an adventure to walk with Jesus. We don’t have a clue about the twists and turns of the road we’re on and only gradually do we begin to understand what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. As we grow in years, we can look back and chuckle at our initial naivete. Often people think they know it all when they begin the Jesus journey. They have all the answers and are quick to judge the weaknesses of others. What a blessing it is when we can put all that foolishness behind us and humbly embrace the enlightenment that comes with maturity!

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