PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
This is one of my favorite chapters in the New Testament; it is so rich that it’s hard for me to choose one thing to write about. This morning I have selected three passages from this triumphant letter for you to rest in and reflect upon:
- “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” (Ephesians 2:4, 5).
God’s love and mercy calls you out of death and into life. Christianity is not a self-help program to make your life better for you today or to fix that which was a little sick or dysfunctional. Jesus Christ rescued you from death. Take a moment and let that sink in: “from death!”
Your life is in Christ alone…do you truly believe this?
- “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” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
Life is a gift straight from the hand of a good and loving God who only gives good gifts. Your life is not even your own; you have been ransomed by the blood of Jesus Christ. In faith, you must receive this gift as a beggar relishes his daily bread. Take a moment and let that sink in: “like a beggar!”
Do you treat every day of your life like a gift from God?
- “For through [Jesus] we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:18-22).
You are no longer a stranger! You were once a refugee, but God opened His borders to you and let you come into His Kingdom; not as a guest, but as a full-fledged citizen. God calls every one of His children to come together as one through His Spirit, built upon His Word with Jesus Christ as the only cornerstone. Take a moment and let that sink in: “you were once a refugee, too!”
Are you willing to open your borders to let in the refugees?
It is my deepest prayer and hope that these short meditations from Ephesians 2 have invited you deeper into God today. This is an exercise you can do on your own throughout every page of the Bible. Scripture is the best prayer book ever written; open it and start praying. The Psalms is a great place to start if you are wanting to do embrace this as a practice of discipleship.