Ephesians 1:18 – The Hope

“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,”

How many times have you heard it said, “It’s hopeless.”?

How many times have you felt hopeless?

How many times has it seemed hopeless?

A few situations come to my mind from this past week’s news that would leave a person hopeless…And yet, Paul mentions this Hope to which we are called.  He offers a glimpse of something better.  He teases us a little with his words.  We are called to Hope?  We are called to riches?  We are called to inheritance?  We are called to more than this?

On a day when you feel darkest and down, one a day when there is no hope, pull out this passage and read it carefully.  Read it slowly and let the words sink in.

We are to know, deep down in our very heart-of-hearts, that there is a hope to which we are called.  Life doesn’t have to be one of struggle and pain because there is hope.  Life doesn’t have to be a guessing game because we have hope.  Life doesn’t have to be filled with sorrow and frustration because God calls us to a life filled with hope.

And that is very good news, indeed.

Ephesians 1:18 – That You May Know

“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,”

If we were honest with one another we would have to admit that there are times when we know things with our head but fail to understand them with our hearts.

We know that eating bad food is bad for us.  But we eat it anyway.

We know the speed limit.  But we drive faster.

We know water is good for us.  But we drink coffee, tea or soda instead.

We know things but we don’t really know.  The knowledge doesn’t bring about a change in our actions, our choices, our life’s direction.  Paul is praying that we will be enlightened that the knowledge in our head because action in our hearts.  Paul is praying that we will know…deep down and for real.  That this knowledge will be more than a mind game:  This knowledge will take root in our heart and change us for all eternity.

Ponder that idea.  Rest on that for a moment.  How would your life be different if you truly knew?  If you were truly enlightened?