I was studying Ephesians 1:15-23 today and though I have read these scriptures many times before, they took on new meaning. In particular, in verses 18-19 Paul prayed that our eyes of our understanding will be opened so that we may know:
- what is the hope to which God has called us,
- what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and
- what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might.
First, let’s examine why Paul prayed that our eyes be opened. When your eyes are opened, you know that you are called. This is not the general call that is given to all to concerning the Gospel because we know according to Matthew that “many are called but few are chosen.” This call is not a courtesy call where you rush to pick up the phone only to hear a recording letting you know the power is out in your neighborhood. This is a specific call from God to YOU, and it is important that you answer. 2 Timothy 1:9 reads, “[God] has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” Hence the reason Paul prays that our eyes be opened so we can look at the caller ID and realize it’s not a telemarketer, it’s God calling to let you know you are chosen.
Hope is calling. This is not a temporary hope based on present situations. For example, some of you are hoping the streets flood during Harvey so you don’t have to go to work Monday. Our “Called Hope” isn’t that kind of selfish, vain, fleeting hope. Our “Called Hope” is an enduring hope. Its perspective is future driven, and as a result it makes us different in the way we respond to trials in our lives. This hope is peculiar to others because even in the face of dysfunction, lack, sickness, abuse, bondage to sin, loneliness, grief, mental illness, and death it believes that God is faithful and a keeper of His Word (Hebrews 6:13-18). Our “Called Hope” understands that our Almighty God is able to change our circumstances at the appointed time if we hold on.
Glorious-ness is calling. Often times we skip past “His glorious inheritance” and focus only on “riches,” but if we truly understood…we’d look in the mirror and shout daily! The riches we will one day receive are abundant and overwhelming, but let’s focus on the fact that our Glorious-ness is calling! In this scripture the word, His, shows possession. This means “In the saints” God has inherited possessions that He defines as glorious! Yes, we will receive our reward in Paradise, but more importantly we are God’s glorious and priceless possessions RIGHT NOW! The Psalmist declared: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance (33:12)! You become God’s glorious pride and joy when you answer His call for salvation, and I can’t imagine why anyone would settle for being the devil’s pocket change when they could be God’s grand prize.
Power is calling. The Saint’s Power Company is far better than Reliant. Our Power Supplier has all the Power. His Power:
- Raised Christ from the dead.
- Seated Christ at God’s right hand in the heavenly places.
- Placed Christ above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
- Put everything under Christ’s feet .
What does this POWER mean for those who believe and answer the call to be saved?
- Your light bill (salvation) is paid in full.
- You’ve got a best friend in high places.
- You have access to a Power that is above whatever power Satan has on your life.
- You are tapped into the Source that has all other sources under his feet.
To put it simply: No Power Outages for the saved! Kanye West has a song I used to love in which he says, “No one man should have all this power.” But you do. When you answer the call you have unlimited access to the power of The Power!
Therefore my prayer for you today is the same as that of Paul, that your eyes be opened and you answer the call—the call to hope, the call to be God’s glorious gift, the call to a Power that surpasses any trial that plagues your walk. I pray that for the sake of your salvation and the accomplishing of your purpose, you pick up the phone.—Sean Johnson