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The Light of Life

God’s Spirit transforms us when we let Him illuminate our hearts.

READ Ephesians 1:15-21

Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Ephesus points out that spiritual growth is ultimately about seeing. Just as light reveals material reality to the eye in the natural world, the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment of our hearts reveals spiritual reality.

Plants need sunshine to flourish and, likewise, authentic Christian growth requires a turning toward God’s light. When we open our hearts to Him in this way, He gives us vision to see the truth of things—who He is, who we are in Him, and the power to live as He intended.

REFLECT

Think and pray about the following questions, journaling your answers if possible.

1. How does Paul describe the power that is available to “us who believe”? How does it compare or contrast with your beliefs about living the Christian life?

2. Take a moment to pray this passage of Scripture for yourself each day of this week, (beginning today). Afterward, record what the Holy Spirit reveals to you. You might also find it encouraging to take a few moments in the evening to note whatever the Lord showed you throughout the day.

EXPLORE

Meditate on the following truths about the impact God’s light has on the eyes of our hearts. For in-depth study, see the supporting scriptures.

  • Spiritual blindness is often cloaked in self-righteousness. We first must recognize that, because we don’t clearly perceive reality on our own, we need the Holy Spirit to enlighten our hearts and help us see how He sees. (John 9:26-41; Matt. 6:22-23)
  • When we turn toward the light, we become able to shed our denial of sin, detecting things like pride, selfishness, and deception in ourselves. We’re also enabled to recognize and desire the power of God’s grace, which liberates and strengthens us against the dark spiritual forces that seek to drain us of life. (1 John 1:5-7)
  • Jesus Himself personifies light. The more we are in true, living communion with Him, the more we will experience life in its fullness and become light ourselves. (John 8:12)
  • The more we turn toward God’s light, the more sensitive we become to recognize His presence and draw life from Him. (Ps. 36:5-9)

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