I’ve come to see a little more why of all the things that could have been recorded in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians concerning the way Paul prayed, one thing that prominently features is as follows:
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (Ephesians 1:17)
I’ve realised that this really is THE BIG ISSUE. Do we know who He is? I’m not talking about being able to give off a rote answer like little children in a Sunday School class. “I know, I know, Jesus is the Son of God!”. Not like that. I mean, do we appreciate even the meaning of the words we say here?
The Bible declares that nothing was created of our vast Universe without Him. That should give us an idea of how rich and vast He is. We would never get bored searching out His heart. There is an infinite resource of wisdom, knowledge, love and power in Jesus. The key is to KNOW it. That knowledge comes by means of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
This should be our grand pursuit. Whatever problems we may have, they would all be as nothing if we KNEW Jesus for WHO HE IS. If we only knew and appreciated the value of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, we would give up everything – riches, fame, fortune, career, family time as God would require – just to know Him. Because in knowing Him, and having Him, we will surely have all we need for maximum life and living. After all, Jesus said that he has come that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. Therefore, the true winners are not those whom the world applauds, but those who KNOW Jesus – who can tap into His heart, His wisdom, His purposes, His love and connect with Him.
If we are not pursuing Him with passion, its because we have somehow lost sight of His surpassing value. May God help us.