I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to rejoice in salvation. It seems to me that easy to let my familiarity with the gospel message dull me to the wonder of what God has done through his son Jesus. It is of course a miracle that God would know me from before time itself began and choose me to be part of his family but the wonder at His bigger plan to include people from all of the world into a vast community of rescued people should make my heart rejoice more than it does. I guess part of the problem lies not only in familiarity but also in the tyranny of the now. I get so caught up in the immediate that I forget to stop and take a look at the bigger picture. No wonder that Paul prays that the eyes of our heart would be opened.
Ephesians 1:18 “…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”
Having my eyes opened and seeing, and having my ears opened so I can really hear leads to joy.