We have eyes on the outside of our bodies by which we can see images. We also have "the eyes of our hearts" (Eph 1:18, our transl.) inside our bodies by which we can make images. This "innermost vision" (Eph 1:18) is something like our imaginations. All human beings automatically make images, that is, mental pictures, of everything, including God, ourselves, and others. These pictures are usually distorted and so warp our view of life and, therefore, our living of life. Hence, we need our "innermost vision," our image-making power, to be enlightened (Eph 1:18).
There are three keys to making true images:
- knowing our "great hope" (Eph 1:18). Very hopeful people make images and paint pictures quite differently than those with little hope for the future.
- knowing our inherited wealth (Eph 1:18). Those who know they are spiritually rich believe that even the most exalted images they make are nonetheless realistic.
- knowing "the immeasurable scope of His power in us who believe" (Eph 1:19). Those who know how awesome their power is in Christ make images accordingly.
May we truly image Jesus, ourselves in Jesus, and our lives in Him.