Meditation: Ephesians 2:1-5
1And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved).
Sometimes it is so easy to get into a routine living day by day, week by week, not thinking about all the incredible mercy and love which I have been shown by God. In the five verses of Ephesians 2:1-5, Paul beautifully describes where we as Christians came from and what our lives should be like after receiving Christ.
The first thing that we receive in this passage is a reminder that we have been changed and made alive through Christ. It goes on to explain our life before Christ: A life of darkness and sin; one in which we did not have the light of Christ in our lives. Paul speaks of us walking “according to the course of this world” before Jesus gave us life. Often times, when I hear reference made to someone being “deceived” or “following the world,” the first picture that comes to mind is a person who outwardly shows signs of rebellion, such as body piercings and smoking. However, all people who are not saved by faith in Jesus Christ are being spoken of in this passage. There are many “good” people who have been deceived and led astray by the devil and tricked into thinking that if they act the right way, or do enough honorable things, they will have a life of fulfillment. God reminds us in John 10:10 that “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” Daily we are surrounded by people who have believed the lies of the devil. We should take advantage of every opportunity to share Christ with others.
In verse 4, God is spoken of as being “rich in mercy” and having “great love.” Oh, how true this is! God is not only merciful and loving; He offers both of these abundantly to any who will surrender to Him and receive them.
Throughout this passage, one challenging word is brought to my mind over and over again. This word is “change.” Many Christians are guilty of not making an effort to change from their old ways with Christ’s strength. After meditating on this passage, I ask myself this question: Is there true change in my life? Does my every attitude and action reflect that of my Savior, Jesus Christ?