Athlete, But God

Ephesians 2:1-10
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
This is the passage that gripped my heart in 6th grade, when I first understand God's grace and the unmerited favor that He lavishes on all who turn to Jesus.  Before hearing these scriptures, I loved God deeply but I thought I had to earn His love through my obedience to Him. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus is that we are saved through faith and that is a gift from God we can choose to accept, open up and walk in! To understand the magnitude of this gift offered to all mankind, one needs to understand verses 1-3.
Every human starts off as a child of wrath, a son of disobedience. We are alienated from God because of our sin. We don't like to think about how sinful we are, however, it helps us better understand the gift we have been offered. I have come to really enjoy all the places in scripture where is says "but God." God intervenes and He changes everything for the better! Verse 4 say’s "but God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love."  God loves us so much that even while we are dead in our sin he offers us the gift of salvation. This is incredible, life altering (eternity altering) gift but this isn't all God gives us. He gives us salvation and goes beyond that to give us adoption into His family! We will reflect on that more tomorrow.





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