Today’s Reading: Ephesians 1
Remember, Self, that just because you perceive the world in a certain way does not necessarily mean that your perception is reality. As tempting as it may be to see only through your eyes, this tunnel-vision way of living isn’t actually living. Only seeing life through your own eyes, while self-gratifying at times, is actually casket-living with a peephole installed in the lid. And this casket-living? It’s just a nice way of saying you’d rather suffocate yourself to death.
Self, you have been made new. You are alive. Why would you ever want to climb back into that casket and shut the lid, refusing to join your Family in this adventurous walk Home? Why would you ever want to keep yourself from seeing beyond your own nose? Why would you ever say no to the One Who gave you those new eyes so you can see His wonders?
Fear is just another signpost, Self. Like pain, fear is a sign pointing in one direction: Abba Father. Run to Him. That casket you’re making mighty comfortable and pleasant with all your myopic, self-gratifying, busy doing – it’s not locked, and you have arms fit to bend a bow of bronze (Ps. 18:34; Eph. 6:10-17; 2 Cor. 10:3-6). I’m certain that means you can fling it open again and walk among the Living where you belong. Self, for His sake, let Him teach you to see as He sees. You are made for compassion and grace, for justice and mercy, for joy and for living. You are made to see His wonders.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.
Ephesians 1:18-19, HCSB