Eyes on the Eternal

I pray also that the eyes of your
heart may be enlightened.
      —Ephesians 1:18

Do you find your time and attention consumed with material possessions?

Paul didn’t pray for the growth of his friends’ financial resources; he prayed that the eyes of their heart (their understanding, KJV) would be enlightened. He was fixated on their spiritual growth, not their bank balance.

In Eph. 1:18-20 he zeroed in on three things he wanted them to see with clear-eyed certainty:

1) the hope to which they had been called;
2) the riches of their spiritual inheritance;
3) the great power of God that was available to them.

The more clearly we see these assets the more clearly we will see worldly possessions for what they are: desirable, pleasant, sometimes important—but temporary, not permanent.

Don’t become so attached to what you cannot keep
that you fail to acquire what you cannot lose.

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