Jesus at the Center1
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, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
- Ephesians 1:18-19a
Look at what Paul wants us to see. He prayed that God would do some great good work on the eyes of our hearts. I didn’t even know my heart had eyes!
In ancient Jewish thought, the “heart” was the seat of the intellectual and emotional life. Our hearts continually pick up and notice cues from our surrounding environment. Our hearts see things that make us worry, that make us ashamed, that make us angry, that make us doubt, and that make us afraid. Paul wants the Lord to feed our hearts a healthier and happier diet.
Paul wants us to see a world where God is at the center. He doesn’t just want us to see hope; he wants us to see the hope to which God has called us. God is the one who gives us a rich inheritance in his people. And the power that we believers receive, it also comes from God.
God is at the center of Paul’s vision and at the center of our lives. We need our imaginations to be captured with the goodness of God. He has been generous to us and will continue to show us his benevolent kindness.
Take some time to reflect on Jesus at the center of it all today. Ask him to give the eyes of your heart a clear glimpse of his goodness, generosity and grace.
If it helps you, consider listening and/or singing along to “Jesus at the Center” by Israel & New Breed. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6JYHnMsqp0