Over the last couple of years I have prayed and meditated for Ephesians 1:18 to be true in my life and in my families. In turn it has opened the eyes to my heart in many areas.
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,
The season of my life led me to this verse as the mother of teenagers becoming young adults, I desperately wanted my kids to see their occupation, their spouse and everything the future holds through God’s eyes.
As this verse has passed through my heart, it not only gave me confidence that God would reveal His will to my kids but also conviction in my own life.
Most recently the verse paired itself with a conversation I had recently.
It was a casual conversation about future plans both near and far. I was taken back, when during the conversation I was asked,
“So what would you like to see happen in your lifetime?”
I thought for a moment. I asked for clarification that the question was meant in a spiritual nature. His answer was yes. My immediate thoughts could not convey an answer. I was somewhat stumped. Having a passion for discipleship I interned analyzed the question through a discipleship lens. My answer was:
“That I myself and the ones around me, under my influence, would grow in the discipleship process. Understanding and growing in God’s word and being able to convey scripture in both acts and conversation.”
I was humbled when my friend replied,
“My goal is a little higher than that. I want to see revival across our city and surrounding areas.”
His explanation continued with the ingredients of revival and the reality of the revival could be seen in his words and facial expression. I realized his heart was heavy for this to be a reality. I don’t recall a lot of what was stated after that because I was taken back by my low scale expectations. We finished our conversation, said our goodbyes and I as I drove away in my car and even later when I arrived at home my mind continued to probe, “why did you think small.”
Now I realize there was not a right or wrong answer to this question. But something wasn’t right in my spirit with my answer. Finally my mind went to” the verse”. I had asked God to reveal to me what does, “the hope to our calling look like?” I have a journal completely devoted to this verse. I have meditated and researched for hours the magnitude of this verse. It was with this simple question that God revealed my heart was finally enlightened to the answer.
This verse contains so many lessons on so many levels but I can say I plan to rest in this particular objective for a while.
The true Hope to our calling is BIG.
- It has no limits.
- It is powered by the Holy Spirit.
- It is a God size miracle becoming REALITY.
It was as if God whispered “That’s It!” True humbled hearts turning to Jesus, praying, seeking His presence.
When I am asked this question in the future I am ready. My heart is ready to give a God size answer.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB Version (New American Standard Bible)
“and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I pray the eyes of your heart will be enlightened to see revival in our land as a reality.