March 25 Ephesians 2:1-10
When I think of God’s love I am often reminded of how people describe their early thoughts of who God is. Some people look at him as the disciplinarian that they feared as a child when they were disobedient. Others view him as the loving father that wraps them in His arms, comforts them during times of heartache and rejoices with them in their triumphs. My first images of God are as a loving father. This is what drew me to him as a teenager who had always been curious about what went on inside of a church. I knew there was something there that I not only wanted, but also needed.
Today’s passage has three distinct segments; each can be identified with a word – Fallen, Love, and Grace: Three distinct words that each stands on its own, but woven together tell us the great story of who we are and what God has provided for us.
Our Fallen state is one that comes naturally to us. We are born into sin; the world has many temptations and we are weak when it comes to being able to resist them. God knew this and in his grace and mercy provided a way for us to be redeemed.
God’s great and wonderful and intense Love comes through to us when we read these verses. God’s love for us is uniquely demonstrated through a gift that only He could give – that of salvation. Without the gift of his son Christ Jesus there would be no hope for human kind.
As I look back on my first view of God I know that what drew me toward him was His loving presence and Grace. To God it did not matter that I was sinful, He already knew that about me. Grace is something that none of us deserve, but all have received. In the end of this passage we see how it is God’s grace that has saved us, not the works that we do. These verses flip our view of work – instead of working to receive a reward; we have already received God’s gift and that is why we work.
My intention is not to diminish how people view God, but for people to see that this personal relationship with God, through Christ Jesus, is very important and valuable to many Christians and is available to everyone. It is not an exclusive club; there is always room for one more.
…for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Eph 2:8
God, we thank you for your love and grace that you provided through your son Christ Jesus. As we move through our life may we be aware of your work around us and willingly join in.