“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…” (Ephesians 1:18).
“It is possible, it seems, to affirm everything the creed says—especially Jesus’s “divine” status and his bodily resurrection—but to know nothing of what the gospel writers were trying to say. Something is seriously wrong here.” N.T. Wright
Faith is “locking eyes” with God…. As two lovers look across a crowded room and communicate “a knowing” of one another; an understanding that is spoken without and beyond words. So it is to be with Christ. He knows me and I know Him.
Knowing God has as its foundation an ever-growing “head knowledge” of the Scriptures. There is no substitute for this. But we must not be content with information. Information has never changed the heart of man. Information about God must be transformed into an experienced and ever increasing relationship with Him. Having an intimate walk with God is His idea. He longs for this closeness more than you or I. We cheat ourselves and cheapen the grandness of our Lord’s work when we remain content in the one dimensional sphere of the intellect.
Paul prays that the seat of our true understanding would be increasingly illuminated and thus the things of God made more evident and manifest. Specifically, he prays for enlightenment that would lead to a fuller absorption of what we can expect, even anticipate as believers in the reign of God. This is our calling – that we would know this hope; that we would fully comprehend the meaning and purpose God has initiated in our lives. This meaning is centered in the piercing infusion of our hearts with a knowledge of the legacy He has bestowed on all of us – His glorious inheritance in the saints.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
Part of the profundity of marriage is the opportunity we have to practice this glory in the day to day “routines” of life. What affect would a mutual meditation on the Lord’s glory have on the grace and power with which we communicate with one another? How would His glory affect our respect for one another; our willingness to sacrifice our wants for the other; our desire to maintain purity and elevate intercourse into the Holy? How would we lead? How would we submit? What new levels of service would we render one another if we regularly gazed into the Holy of Holies? May we take full advantage of our unveiled faces and allow His Spirit of freedom to give deep understanding into the specifics of how our marriages may move from glory to glory.
Lord, words are too small to describe what You have bestowed upon us! Please accept our feeble attempts to honor You for the glory You have covered us in! Today allow every marriage that acknowledges You as its foundation to dare to enter into Your Holiness; dare to live in Your glory; dare to live in the full understanding of the hope we have inherited in You. To this end we seek You alone. Amen.