Paul, who writes this letter, is excited about the church. He is longing to encourage it, to encourage us. One of the stumbling blocks for us is that although we love Jesus, although we want to belong to him, we so often don’t understand all that he has in store for us.
Paul wants us to live a life that is full of the knowledge of God. So he writes to the church and he says, I’m praying that the eyes of your heart might be opened. Opened to what? And he goes on and says: opened to hope, riches and power. Now that is something that surely must grab our attention. We so often think that the Christian life is a life of deficit. That we don’t have available to us so much of what the world seem to enjoy. Paul says, you don’t want, you don’t need what the world has because Jesus offers so much more:
He offers the hope of his calling – we all need hope. It’s what gets us through life, it’s what gets us through those difficult days when we know something better is coming. And Paul says we have a hope that is certain, and this hope is a new life in Jesus. That Jesus has done all that needs to be done to give us a new life, a living hope. That in Jesus we are certain of our salvation.
He offers us the riches of Jesus inheritance – we who believe in Jesus are heirs with him. We are the children of God, and God has in store for those who believe in him an inheritance coming that is beyond our wildest imaginations. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2.9 that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”
He offers us power. This is the power of a transformed life. The answer to fear is power, and as Christians we have power that is available to us in Jesus. Not that we become powerful but that the life giving power of Jesus is available to us now. It is resurrection power. It is the power that says that Jesus has conquered guilt and sin and death itself. It is the power that enables us to confront life without fear of death. It is the power that enables us to hold on to the hope and attain the riches. It is the power that God gives for us to be what he wants us to be and what we want to be as well.
And Paul prays that this hope, these riches, this power will be experienced by us now. Living in the hope of what God has in store for us, and experiencing his life giving power will transform our lives.
Have a wonderful week and may God continue to bless you, and I pray you will live powerful lives that give glory to God.