• Jason Wade


18 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.

Ephesians 1:18-19a

It is so easy to miss seeing what God has placed right in front of you. It literally blows my mind some times how obvious things can be, but we put a blind eye to it. One of the reasons is because we only want to see or believe what we want to see or believe. We continue to carry this false narrative of how the world is or should be and we fail to recognize how God is directing our journey. We continue to try to fit square pegs in round holes and they totally will not fit. We try our best to do all that we can to work things out so that they look like what we want and in reality they never fully reach the outcome that we had for our hearts desires. Life is short and as we talked about yesterday, time is of the essence. We have to take the time to begin digging deeper into our relationship with God so that our eyes can begin focusing on what we truly need to see. Instead of seeing our own reflections and aspirations, we need to allow our eyes to focus on God's greater plan for our lives.

Last Sunday, I gave three differences between the way we see through the world's eyes and we can see through God's eyes. First, with each step we take, we are already looking to get to the next step and we never settle for what God is trying to reveal to us in our now. We want to pass through. Just like children who want to be teens, then they want to drive, then

they are ready to go to college. They fail to realize the God has an amazing vision for the moment. Secondly, we are always looking to climb the ladder of success. We focus our eyes on the next rung and think that we are only defined by how successful we are in the world's eyes. Finally, we see victory as only winning. We cannot truly realize that Jesus taught us to do exactly the opposite. We are willing to focus our path on doing anything and everything it takes to be victorious. On the other side, God's eyes sees helps us to truly take in where we are in the present. We don't miss a moment and we are able to see the life lessons that are needed to move to the next step. Secondly, when we look through God's eyes, we are more focused on helping others to find their way to God instead of our own success. It is not about us but the opportunity to come together and grow the Kingdom of God. Finally, God's eyes shows us that we truly find victory in losing. Jesus said that it is better to lose your life for my sake than gain the whole world and lose your soul. We are called to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus.

Paul does a great job helping us to see that from his perspective in our verses for today. Paul is continuing to pray that our eyes, our heart's eyes, will be opened to see through wisdom, God's perspective. It is a sense of humbling and taking a step back to really be able to focus in on God's way. Paul is leading us to understand the hope that is found in God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be IN CHRIST. We are called to love and live like Christ as an example to the rest of the world. How amazing would it be if we stopped looking from the world's viewpoint and started seeing the beauty of God's creation from His vantage point. We would stop worrying about what others think and we would focus our eyes on the now. We would be able to become more intimate with God because we are willing to truly take the time to stop walking with blinders. The message is so powerful when we are called to see the way God sees the world, yet we still want to do everything that we can not to follow His lead. We love claiming that we cannot see because if we don't see, maybe we will not be held accountable for the actions of the world.

So I am asking each of us today to allow the power of God's grace and mercy to open the eyes or our heart. I pray that we truly seek to see God in all of His fullness in order that others would be able to see a reflection of God through our lives. If we truly want others to see Jesus, then we have to find a better way to reflect Him in our lives daily. I wish that I

could show others the vision of God, but I would also be afraid that they would would not fully understand just how rich and powerful the heart's eye can be when God reveals truth so boldly. Are we really ready to step out into unconditional faith? Are we ready to truly see what God is intending for us to see, even if it is contradictory to our current lifestyles? One of my daily challenges is the hope that others will truly see the world through God's eyes. Maybe I am just a dreamer or maybe I have not allowed my heart to become cynical of this world, because I still believe that God has a plan and a purpose for everyone. Even though it seems as if we continue to get beat down more and more and more. My prayer is that you can gain more wisdom and knowledge through taking hold of the power of God. I know that shortly these words I write will or will not mean anything more than to me and God, but if I can help one person to truly see the beauty that God has created, then I will have fulfilled my call. There is power in the name of Jesus and we are able to receive that promise of eternity if we will just step back and believe.

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