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That the World Might See

 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…” Ephesians 1:16-19

chessIn Kiev, Ukraine, I visited the gallery of Mykola Syadristy’s microminiature art. That gallery (see the website) is perhaps the most fascinating art gallery I have ever experienced. Have you ever seen an entire chessboard (with movable chess pieces) on the head of a pin? Or a rose vine sculpted inside a hollowed-out hair? This Ukrainian artist was truly a master at creating beautiful things which could not even be seen by the naked eye. The gallery itself is simply a collection of microscopes, each one set up to help you see a tiny piece of this otherwise unseen microscopic world.

I see church leaders playing a similar role for those whom they lead. I believe it is up to us as leaders to provide a lens through which people can gain a glimpse of the unseen spiritual world all around us. Paul sometimes refers (in some English translations) to this unseen world as the “heavenly realms”. Scripture is replete with references to this unseen world which is more infinite and eternal and profound than any parts of the more fleeting and temporary physical world in which we otherwise live. Paul prays that God would give the church His spirit of wisdom and of revelation and that the “eyes of …

Better Than Disneyworld

Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.

While at the International Christian Retail Show last Summer in Orlando, my wife and I sneaked away one day to visit Epcot Center (please don’t tell my publicist). I’ve always been amazed at how well the Disney Corporation anticipates the needs of folks who visit their theme parks. They really do a marvelous job of sitting and thinking about all the possible needs a visitor might have and then putting reasonable amenities in place to meet those needs. Then I got to thinking (that’s when things get dangerous), what might the experience be like if they actually knew everything about my particular family and knew the day we would be coming and wanted to tailor our experience to fit our specific needs? Now THAT would be a ride worth taking!

Reading Ephesians 1:1-14, that is exactly what we have as followers of Christ. Our God knew (before time began) exactly when we would come to be “in Christ” and He has put together a lifetime of experiences and lessons custom-made for us. He knows our fears and our passions. He knows our inmost being. He has orchestrated experiences, both good and bad, which are designed to grow us and to bring us into a closer relationship with Him. He knows exactly what we can handle and what we cannot handle. He knows exactly what will turn us toward Him. He knows all the resources we will need and stands ready to provide them. He has adopted us into His family, giving us access to the resources of the kingdom. Moreover, He knows exactly how and when we will mess up or become rebellious, and he has factored that in and has …