DAILT DEVOTION, Nov. 25, 2021
Ephesians 1:15-20: 15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…
You might expect Paul to simply declare to the Ephesian Christians that they have arrived spiritually and all they need do is just maintain their present level of maturity. But he wants more for them. He wants them to realize the fullness of what they can become in Christ. What about you? Are you satisfied with your present level of Christian maturity, or do you long for more? Paul stretches the meaning of language to tell us what we can receive from Christ.
First, he prays for the Ephesians and for us that we would possess “a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” The Ephesians already possess the Holy Spirit who has already imparted to them wisdom and revelation of Him. Paul does not want them to possess something new but more of what they already have. Paul prays that the Ephesians will grow in wisdom, that they will understand more and more of what has been revealed to us in Christ.
We can never rest satisfied in our Christian maturity. Unless you are perfect, there is still room to grow. Paul prays that our spiritual eyes may be opened, that we may see clearly who we are in Christ. Is that your prayer for yourself?
Father, help me not to feel I have arrived in my Christian life. Help me never to think, “I have done enough.” Instead, open my eyes that I may see new ways to serve You. On this Thanksgiving Day, I thank You for saving me and nudging me to grow in wisdom. I want to know more of Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.