16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
Ephesians 1:16-18, English Standard Version
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?
We used to sing a song in Sunday school that begins with these words, "Oh, be careful, little eyes, what you see". There is a ring of truth in those words, at least in terms of how important it is that we see ourselves as how God sees you.
Do you think differently of yourself when you fail and make mistakes in your life?
When the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians, he asked God to grant them wisdom and revelation so that the eyes of their hearts are rightly opened to the truth of their life in Christ. When there is a change and awareness in how you see yourself as God sees you, it produces and encourages true transformation and growth.
Only God sees you for who you truly are.
This exhortation was something very personal for Paul. He himself has his own eye-opening experience when he began to recognise Jesus is the Christ. Luke tells us that Paul could not contain his excitement and immediately started to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying "This is the Son of God" (Acts 9:20).
If the gospel you believe doesn't make you excited or eager, honestly go and hear it again! But this time, ask God to help you to see it with fresh eyes and hear it with fresh ears. So that you might possess and recover all that God has for you in Christ.
Without wisdom and revelation, your eyes would continue to be closed with scales covering and blinding you. This cataract of your soul will surely cloud your vision and blur your understanding of your glorious identity and inheritance in Christ. As such, it is to your advantage to know who you truly are in Jesus and who you are becoming through the fullness of His grace and truth.
Ask God for wisdom today and He will surely not withhold it from you.
When you are given wisdom and revelation by God to understand the gospel, everything about your life in Christ becomes clearer and more grounded in the truth. Then each step of faith you take will become surer and stronger. This is because you no longer focus on what lies ahead as much as who is with you all the way.
Ask yourself: Am I still excited about the gospel and can't wait to get out and share it?