Daily Devotions – See Jesus

Thank you to Sara for providing our devotions the past few days while I was away at the Board of Ordained Ministry Candidates Conference.

 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. – Ephesians 1:17-19

One of the difficult things about being a disciple of Jesus Christ is that we are sensory beings often needing to see, hear and touch to know something.   However, God calls us to see in ways that might be difficult for us.  We are to see with the heart.  We are to see with faith.  We are to “look” for the work of Christ in our lives in different ways.  Jesus calls those who believe without seeing, blessed.  Why?  Theirs is a deeper faith.  Theirs is a more complete faith.  Theirs is one that does not ask God to reveal God’s self to believe but rather reveals themselves to God.

It takes a lot of work to build up a faith that can see without seeing with the eyes.  It comes with prayer, study, openness, listening, engaging in acts of kindness and generosity.

Why would I want to see in this kind of way?  There are many reasons but one of the promises that God offers is that when things seem darkest and most bleak, those who believe will see the light, will see the hope, and will see the possibility of joy.  This is an insight that sees without eyes, but sees through faith.  Those who only seek Christ with sensory proof will be blind in the darkness of suffering and pain.

I pray you see Christ in the world and in your heart.