Do You Have Change??

"I pray also 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 the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe" (Eph 1:18-19).
Paul's letter to the Ephesians exhorts believers to experience three important things in their spiritual lives that he experienced personally. As a good mentor, he desires those he is leading to follow his example.

First, God wants you to have the eyes of your heart enlightened in order to know the hope to which He has called you. God has called each of us to a future and a hope. Some do not ever realize the dreams they envision for their lives. Paul prays they will experience this.

Second, God wants you to know there is an inheritance for each believer in Jesus Christ. There are riches to be had - not financial riches - but spiritual riches that are laid up for every saint. As you are faithful to His calling in your life, there will be a reward for your faithfulness.

Third, God desires you to tap into the power that is available to every believer. Paul often exhorted believers not to look at his persuasive words, but the demonstration of the power of God in his life. He wants you to know this same power is available to you. After all, Jesus said we would do even greater works than He did after He sent the Holy Spirit to us.

We have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our bodies (2 Cor. 4:10). However, that comes with requirements, and God will never shield us from the requirements that come with being his sons and daughters.

So, how is this life manifested in you? Are your speech, your thinking, your emotional reactions evidence that Christ lives in you? If I am still the same miserable person that I was previous to salvation, then I lie when I say God has sanctified me.

There is a story of a wife who was constantly berating and breaking down her husband. She was an unhappy woman, and eventually sought to find peace in neighborhood church. Although she obeyed the gospel, and became a dutiful member, she still constantly harangued and harassed her husband. Finally, one day after getting yet another earful, the husband told her, “I don’t mind that you have been born again, I just wish you hadn’t been born again as the same person.”
If we are giving ourselves to God, and submitting to His will so that He may work through us His plans, then we need to be willing to have some of our “personality quirks” broken. Would you be poured out like wine and broken like bread? Would you have the eyes of your heart open so that you may KNOW the hope of His calling?

----jb

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