The Eyes of our Heart set the Direction of our Lives

Ephesians 1:18-20,

 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, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.

Just as we have physical eyes to see what’s going on in the physical world, we have spiritual eyes to see what’s happening in the spiritual world. The eyes of our heart set the direction of our lives.

1. See the hope of His calling:

If we look at the world we’ll end up in denial or despair. But our identity is lived out in the calling of God. How does God help us see hope in everyday life? Through problems! (Romans 5:3-4).

How do problems produce hope? With problems we’re forced to rely on God or despair through self-hope. Problems help us loosen our grip on the things of this world and put our hope in God. Problems become hope when they cause us to look to the only One who can give true hope.

2. See the riches of God’s inheritance in the saints.

This is not talking about inheritance as in heaven, which is common New Testament talk. In this case Paul is talking about US as GOD’S inheritance! We (and all the saints in Christ) are the greatest treasures in heaven!

Most of us don’t see ourselves that way and don’t see ourselves for all that God has made us to be: rich and glorious.

An “I’m useless” attitude can be cured when you realize you were created to bring glory to God. It doesn’t matter what other people (or even you) think of you. It matters what God thinks of you! And we are His inheritance!

3. See the power available to you as God’s child (Ephesians 1:19-23).

God is willing to give us power and mighty strength. How do we see it? In the resurrection of Christ, in the rules of Christ, and in the church of Christ.

Resurrection power is experienced through a dual focus on heaven and on earth. On heaven, where Jesus is seated in power, knowing that He will provide the strength you need to do His will. On earth, where Jesus is the head of the church, knowing that this strength will be expressed through the Body of Christ for the world in need. It takes both an upward focus on the throne of God and an outward focus through the Body of Christ to see God’s power expressed through your life.

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