As You Come to Know Him

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 1:15-23

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him. (v. 17 NRSV)

When I read a passage from the Bible like the one for today, my first response is action. This verse pushes me to think beyond myself, towards love and care for our neighbor. Many Christians read the Bible and focus on what we can do: stand up for orphans (James 1:27), love our neighbors (Mark 12:31), or even “seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause” (Isa. 1:17).

But in our efforts to get something done we sometimes neglect the important words from verse 17: “as you come to know him.” We immediately want to jump to action. We fail to realize that Ephesians 1 is not a prayer for more wisdom and revelation so that we do more things. It is a prayer for more wisdom and revelation so that we may know our God more deeply in all of his sovereignty. It is an invitation to make the primary thing we “do” be to love God more and strive to know God better. Only then do we turn our attention to action.

Today, give yourself permission to come to know the “Father of glory” in a new and fuller way, a personal way. —Ben Aguilera

Prayer: Today, Lord, give me the ability to calm my restless heart. Let me not focus on what I can do, but let me focus on what you have done in my life. Amen.