” I pray 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 his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)
So what’s your eyesight like these days? I don’t mean physical eyes; I mean “the eyes of your heart“? Do you have 20/20 vision, or are you growing blind?
Did you even realize that God intends you to “see” Him?
Of course, the Bible is using a metaphor, but don’t just dismiss the description as a mere poetic device. The Bible assumes that you have spiritual senses. Check out a few instances:
- “The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalm 19:8).
- “Your words are tastier in my mouth than honey!” (Psalm 119:103)
- “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9).
- “Yes, in the sanctuary I have seen you, and witnessed your power and splendour.”(Psalm63:2)
- “Uncover my eyes so I can gaze at marvelous things out of your law!” (Psalm 119:18)
It’s a staggering thought.The Bible assumes that we can know God with the same intensity of experience as we do our friends, our children, our wives.
It assumes that you can experience God with the same pleasure as you do a meal, a flower, a sunset.
The point is, spiritual reality is not some alternate dimension that we won’t have access to until we die. We see by faith, right now.
Speaking of Abraham and those who came before him, the author of Hebrews wrote: “These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.” (Heb 11:13)
A.W. Tozer put it this way: “What can all this mean except that we have in our hearts organs by means of which we can know God as certainly as we know material things through our familiar five senses. We apprehend the physical world by exercising the faculties given us for that purpose, and we possess spiritual faculties by means of which we can know God and the spiritual world if we will obey the Spirit’s urge and begin to use them…”
Notice the conditional “If”! We have them but we must use them! We look out at the world, and we only see with our physical eyes. Our spiritual eyes are blindfolded, as it were. From lack of use, they have become insensitive to spiritual realities. Perhaps we have been fed a fast-food spiritual diet for so long that we are incapable of filling our hearts with nourishment. And the senses being overloaded are not the physical ones, but the spiritual ones. Like delicate instruments, fine tuned to hear the voice of God, they are easily damaged by the blasting waves of the world, and unless we keep them tuned regularly, they will quickly be unable to detect anything at all.
So, how do we, like the psalmist, keep our spiritual senses in good working order?
Spiritual eyes that “see” are eyes that hope in Christ. The goal is to “see” God, in Christ, with the eyes of faith. I must “see”! I want to understand Him to the extent that He reveals himself so that I can be truly satisfied. Paul prayed for the Ephesians that, “… the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18f).
The Apostle John reveled in the hope of seeing Christ when he wrote: “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is.” (1 John 3:2-13)
Tozer: “But why do the very ransomed children of God themselves know so little of that habitual, conscious communion with God which Scripture offers? The answer is because of our chronic unbelief. Faith enables our spiritual sense to function. Where faith is defective the result will be inward insensibility and numbness toward spiritual things …”
As we begin to focus upon God, the things of the spirit will take shape before our inner eyes. Obedience to the word of Christ will bring an inward revelation of what’s really going on! (John 14:21-23). It will give acute perception enabling us to see God even as is promised to the pure in heart. A new God-consciousness will seize upon us and we shall begin to taste and hear and inwardly feel God, who is our life and our all. More and more, as our faculties grow sharper and more sure, God will become to us all that He is and His presence the wonder and glory of our waking lives.
As you go through your day, ask Jesus to help you see things from His perspective. You need His help; you will remain blind without it. Ask for it. Don’t let anything distract you from believing Him.
- Him to help you see sin the way He sees it
- Him to help you see others the way He sees them
- Him to help you see yourself the way He sees you
- Him to help you see your circumstances the way He sees them
Jesus asked the blind Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10: 51) He replied, “I want to see!” As someone put it, not asking Christ to help you see would be like Bartimaeus asking Jesus to fix his walking stick!
There is a whole new world to be revealed. Ask Jesus to let you see.