Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:16-18)
Let me ask you an honest question. Have you ever experienced the words Jesus promised to the Samaritan woman at the well? Jesus said that He was the living water and “Everyone who drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. That water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
Have you experienced God’s Word that continues to flow abundantly and fills up our souls to the brim until it overflows? Have you ever been overcome by sheer joy and jubilance because you know that you have met God face to face in His Word? Or, as Paul puts it, have the eyes of your hearts ever been enlightened to see the “riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” and the “immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe”?
Many of us are content with being mediocre Christians. By identity, we know that we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and our lives have one purpose; that is, to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (we’ve even memorised the Westminster Shorter Catechism). However, how many of us have experientially enjoyed God when we see Him in His glory through His Word and have no other option but to bow down to Him and exalt Him in His mighty presence? How many of us actually understand what it means to glorify God and enjoy Him in our lives?
Our generation is suffering a theological drought. We love things that are instant and offer quick gratification. Theology is of little to no interest in us. The books are too thick, and the words are too complicated to understand. In the back of our minds, we shove this field of study into a compartment labelled “For old and mature people”.
Instead, we seek things that are fast and dynamic, constantly changing and able to make us laugh quickly. We love social media, Youtube, Netflix not because these things are wrong, but because these things are fast. And so, our love for God’s Word has turned into the same thing. We love short sermons, one-minute devotions, short and inspiring motivational videos. None amongst us would call stacks of thick theological books and Bible studies our happy place.
Now, the main point is not that we should all try and love thick theological books. The main point is, do we know God? Because we can be a surface Christian all our lives and never taste the depth and width and breadth of Christ’s love which He has given us. If you’ve experienced grace from God, don’t you want to know the Giver of such grace? Don’t you want to know why He gave it to you?
God calls us to know Him and grow in knowing Him through His Word. The knowledge of Him is rich and immeasurable. It will blow us away and bring us to worship and exalt God forever. To glorify and enjoy God forever is to continue to grow in knowing the unsearchable riches of God’s grace every day. God in His nature is infinite. In heaven, we will still be learning and growing to know who God is. Why not start now?
Let Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians be our prayer for ourselves and our church community.
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, 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 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far 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. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Hans Sangtoki (18) is the coordinator of RE Generation Z. He has a passion for serving his generation and sharing hope in Christ. He also has an interest in classical music and dreams of conducting an orchestra one day.