His great love
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) Ephesians 2:4-5
Chapter two of Ephesians starts out with “And” which implies the thought is carrying over from Chapter one. After talking about Christ Jesus being the center of everything and we as believers being His body in the world, Paul goes on to says “you were dead in sin and you acted like the world in agreement with the demonic powers of disobedience. However, when you received Jesus as LORD, He made you alive and a part of Himself. (no longer separated from God but connected to Him) It’s all because God, in His rich mercy and great love that He loved us with that He made us alive and brought us together with Christ. That is His great grace that saved us!”
As discussed yesterday, our inheritance in Christ is what this life is all about. It’s what this world is all about and it’s what our existence is all about. When you think about the things going on in the world, the things that we concern ourselves with like who is leading which country or what countries are at war with one another? Also things like what’s going on in politics, racial divisions and current pandemics? We begin to take on a whole new perspective when recognizing that the King of kings and the Lord of lords is in this thing with us. He didn’t just come to rescue us out of this mess, He came to restore this earthly kingdom back into the hands of His people. The arguments, disagreements and fights that are gong on in this world are of little consequence in the big scheme of things. Yet, our Father wants us to let everyone know that He loves them and is calling them to be connected to Him through salvation in Jesus.
So why is He doing all this? Because of His great love with which He loved us! He raised us up from our pit and made us sit in the heavenly places with His Son. One day we will rule and reign with Him and in the mean time . . . we are His hands and His feet. His body in the world. We bring our Father to others and we bring the lost to our Father.
Today I want to encourage you to look around you for someone you can introduce to your Heavenly Father. We were dead and are so thankful that His love gave us life. Share that great love with someone today and help them find that new life in Christ too. We are God’s expression of love to the world, so be His love to those around you where ever you go.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-7