Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-23
Verse 17: “I keep asking that God may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation”.
Paul is thankful for the church’s faith in Jesus and their love for the saints. He writes that he has “not stopped giving thanks” as he remembers them in his prayers. But Paul is not content to end his prayers of thanksgiving here. He goes on in the next verse to write, “I keep asking that God may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation”. Paul realizes that the church in Ephesus is not “there” yet. This verse finishes with these words: “so that you may know Him better”. This is the purpose of our journey of faith too. As followers of Christ, we never fully know Jesus. Each day of our lives we can know Him more and more, coming to be more and more like Christ.
We know Jesus in two interconnected yet different ways. We first come to know Jesus in our minds. Whether as a child in Sunday school or as an adult who later comes to faith, we begin by learning about Jesus. Whether that is through the Sunday school stories or through seeing faith lived out in the lives of other Christians, we first come to know Jesus. This head knowledge eventually travels the path to our heart and we begin to sense a need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When we get to know Him sufficiently we respond to that “knock on the door of our heart”, one day finally professing Jesus as the Lord and Savior of our life. Then Jesus has a place in our heart. But beware – we are not “there” yet either!
Paul’s prayer is for the Ephesians and for us to have the “Spirit” of wisdom and revelation. In having a spirit that yearns to know Him better, Paul prays that the eyes of our heart be enlightened so that we know both the “hope to which He has called you” and the “incomparably great power” for us who believe. In coming to know and live into these two requires both wisdom and revelation because these two are both in our heart and in our mind.
This day may we have mind experiences that cause our heart love of Jesus to grow as well as heart experiences that reaffirm and expand our mind knowledge of Jesus Christ. In both ways we continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, ever drawing closer to Him.