Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-23
Verse 18: I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…
Paul paints a glorious picture of Jesus Christ in heaven. He is seated at God’s right hand, far above all earthly rule and authority. He reigns over all things and is the head of the church – His body. All the titles that can be given belong to Jesus: Lord, King, Messiah, Master. It is a far cry from the Jesus who came to earth and was born in a lowly manger. It is far different company around the throne than He was used to living with in His time on earth – fishermen, shepherds, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers… The image of Jesus on the throne in Royal splendor is a far different image than Jesus hanging on the cross. Yet Jesus needed to be all that He was on earth so that He would be who He is in heaven.
Paul writes, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened”. Experiencing humanity in all its glory and in all it’s gory details gave Jesus eyes to see us for who we are. Sometimes it is ugly, but it is the truth. And He still loves us as we are. He always did when He was here and always will in heaven. But Paul is praying here for the believers in Ephesus. It is also a prayer for us. To have eyes that see as Jesus sees – eyes of the heart – we must be as Jesus was. We must go among the orphan and widow and sick and outcast. We must reach out to visit and care for and feed and minister to all who are lost and broken. When we do as Jesus did – loving all – then we develop “eyes of the heart”.
This day may we go where Jesus would go and love as Jesus loved. Blessings on your journey to the least and the lost.