NASB Eph 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
NLT Eph 1:18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Verse 18 from both the New American Standard Bible and the New Living Translations have become the foundation of this post. The words are slightly different but the questions are the same. They reminded me that the “glorious inheritance” is a real part of our daily lives, and so much more than a reward at the end of it.
- What is God’s purpose in opening the eyes of our heart?
- What is the hope to which he has called us?
- What is the glorious inheritance?
Visual, written and spoken information bombards our senses but not everything makes it past the defenses life teaches us to build to protect our heart. The gift of hope is God’s purpose that has made His Word endure for centuries. Hope that penetrates the defenses of the heart to see beyond itself into God’s own heart with the confidence to ask: whose inheritance? Ours or His?
Ours! That dear friend is only a part of the much bigger answer. God’s inheritance has been given to enable us to live beyond our imperfections in this world while waiting for the perfection promised in the next. God has already invested everything of Himself in us to provide us with “the riches of the glory of His inheritance IN the saints…”
His! “The confident hope he has given to those he called” has revealed the complete answer from God’s own heart through Jesus so we might live everyday as “his holy people who are HIS rich and glorious inheritance.”
Live your inheritance!