Eureka! (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Reflections on Ephesians 1:15-23
For days and nights, the restless scientist Archimedes pondered a difficult query. The local king had asked the Greek polymath to determine if the royal crown was pure gold. As Archimedes mulled this confounding conundrum, he experienced a rich physiological phenomenon common to all of us. When we think, nearly 100,000 chemical reactions occurring each second send electrical currents racing through our brain. Neurons use these currents to transmit information throughout the organ. When this process leads to an insight, the transmitting chemicals cause our brain to light up, which is the genesis of our phrase “light bulb moments”.
For Archimedes, his fruitless cogitations led him to break for a bath. As he submerged his soiled self into the waters, however, the racing neurons in his brain branched into an insight. His mental light bulb lit up and he realized how to answer the king’s query.
The Light of God
The walk of our lives often patterns Archimedes’ initially ineffective contemplations. We wonder why we are still stuck in the same addictions or caught in the same destructive patterns. We long for true heart-alteration, but the multitude of electrical currents coursing our brain neurons fail to produce any actionable solution. Left to ourselves, we would continue down the same destructive paths, convinced that any effort at reformation is futile.
We have hope, however, for God will not let us wallow in the mire of our defeat. Like Archimedes in the bathtub, the Holy Spirit will give us the realization we need; he will show us how true change happens. Paul speaks of that process like this: “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called” (Ephesians 1:18 NLT). This confident hope that shows us how to change is the gospel, the good news of what Jesus did for us.
Footsteps—putting feet on our faith
What is the gospel?
What role does the Holy Spirit play in showing it to you?
How can the gospel impact your life today?
Dear God, thank you for not leaving me to wallow in the mire of my own destructive habits. Through Christ, you enable me to really change; you make me into a new creation. Let this new life be filled with praise for you. By Christ I pray, amen.