One of my favorite sections of Scripture in the New Testament is Paul’s prayer for the people of Ephesus. A small section of that prayer states:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 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, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
This is one of the great prayers found within scripture. Paul is praying for the people of Ephesus to receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation. He is praying for VISION. Paul’s reference to the “eyes of one’s heart” is a significant phrase because Paul is referring to a special type of sight. Not sight that allows us to see the world around us with all its faults, doubts, and limitations. Not sight which finds us circling within the present routine. Rather, Paul is referring to sight that is from the heart. Sight from that place where all our hopes, dreams and love reside. Sight that originates through the window of our soul and spirit.
It is from the enlightened heart that one sees the world through the eyes of the Father. It is from the enlightened heart that one sees not who we are now, but the potential of who we can be. It is from the enlightened heart that one has real VISION. As Paul said, through the spirit of wisdom and revelation we develop an intimate relationship with the Father. And that relationship enlightens the eyes of our heart.
So, what is it that the enlightened eyes of our hearts are revealing to us? What is our VISION? We are a great church now! We have ministered to the lives of people in this community for over 140 years! We are kind, caring and generous. We are filled with love for each other and those God brings to us! Isn’t that enough? What is it that our enlightened eyes may see?
VISION is reaching for that which God wants us to be and not who we are now. VISION is never being satisfied that we are doing enough. Once we rest on our past and become satisfied with the present, the eyes of our heart become dark and the Father can no longer lead us to our future. VISION is pushing God’s promises to the limit, believing God when he says, “just knock, and watch the door open.” VISION takes perseverance, courage and faith. But without it, we have no future, just a present.
Now is the time for each one to seek God’s VISION for our church. Believe God when he says it can be done. Seek to experience the hope to which God has called you as his holy people. Watch as God reveals his great power for us who believe. Do we believe? Do we have faith that God is able? Are the eyes of our hearts enlightened?
Then OWN THE VISION!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.