The Eyes of Your Heart. What do you See?
Ephesians 1:18-20 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, 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, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,
My children and I are avid movie watchers. We often spend our Friday nights competing on who will choose the best movie for us to watch. My 16 year-old son, the only male in our house of four, prides himself on his logical analysis, and witty critique given whilst we watch every movie. His comical interjections are both cause for family vexation and delight. One such evening, at his suggestion, we were watching, The Truman Show, a film staring Jim Carey. The film depicts a man whose life, unbeknownst to him, is broadcast for the world's consumption. Truman has no clue about the world outside of the staged artificial world created by television executives. In the film, the creator of the "Truman Show" is asked by interviewers why he thinks Truman doesn't try to leave. The creator replies," We accept the reality of the world of which we have been presented with". To further illustrate this prolific line, while watching the movie my son enthusiastically shouts, "Mom, look at that, the moon and the sun are at the same place in the sky, that can't happen, it would be a solar eclipse, and he doesn't even notice it!" In the scene Truman, despondent, sits on a beach and stares into a sky with both a moon and a sun side by side.
In our daily lives, how many "Truman" type moments do we experience? In what ways do we miss the power, and revelation available to us through God because our vision is limited by what we experience in the world? We see violence, pain, materialism, and we accept what is without knowledge of the power that we have available through Christ Jesus. What do we blindly accept that does not represent the inheritance that we have as God's children? What is missing from our vision as we accept the world around? As God's children, we are rich in an inheritance made available through him who owns everything, and there is no good thing that he will withhold from us, Psalm 84:11. What good things that God has available do we deny ourselves because we cannot see past what the world presents? How have we allowed fears of people or circumstances to block our paths? If God is for us than who can be against us, Romans 8:31.
What misrepresentations of truth do we blindly take in with no recollection of the truth of who we are and whose we are?
In Ephesians 1:18-20, the apostle prays that through the wisdom and revelation of God, the eyes of our hearts are opened. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he, Proverbs 23:7, so not only do the "eyes of our hearts" determine what we see, but the eyes of our hearts also determine who we are. How would we show up in the world differently if we accepted the inheritance that we have in God? How would we perceive the world around us if our lens was based on the wisdom and revelation of God? What do we miss when we do not think from the truth of who we are in God? God says in his word that he has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, Jeremiah 29:11. Is that the truth that you meditate on in your heart? Does perception, influenced by God, from the eyes of your heart govern your decisions, and determine your heart posture and truth? I encourage you brothers and sisters in Christ to see a brand new day. To embrace the inheritance that is available to you through God!
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