“With the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints” – Ephesians 1:18
Dear Saints, “What comes to mind when you hear of “the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints” in Ephesians 1:18? Do you think of the riches of heaven? The ultimate inheritance we will come into when we return home to our Father? The peace of being reunited with your loved ones who’ve gone one before you? Do you think of the coming Kingdom? The glorious reign of Christ that will be realized when Jesus comes again? Or do you think of the riches we have now? The peace of knowing Christ, the joy of serving him gladly, the freedom to worship him without fear?
I have to admit that the final word in the verse changes the meaning for me. Especially since we are “All Saints,” this verse takes on a different significance when I think of it within the context of community. Oftentimes, we may think of our “glorious inheritance” in Christ as a personal thing – just between Me & Jesus. If I’m saved in Christ, then I’ll inherit heaven. But when you step back and place that inheritance “among the saints,” as the verse says, it becomes more about “us” and less about “me.” Inheriting the Kingdom isn’t something we do all on our own. It’s a journey we are on with all the saints.
If our glorious inheritance happens “among the saints,” and our calling is to live “among the saints,” and our hope exists “among the saints,” then maybe we don’t have to wait till heaven to experience the riches. Perhaps it’s here within the community of faith where we glimpse the fullness of heaven, here on earth. Perhaps it’s here, surrounded by the saints, where we hear words of hope, enjoy the riches of Christ-centered hearts, and receive the inheritance of wisdom passed through generations of the faithful. Perhaps through the eyes of the heart, we can see Christ’s presence among us now.
+ Pastor Kris and Pastor Ginger +