How The Gospel Story Connects To My Story – Day 4 – Ephesians 2.1-3

These verses remind the children of God that our story is always a salvation story.  Our story is a deliverance story.  Paul says that we were once dead.  Spiritually we were dead.  Have you paused to truly ponder that as part of your biography?  There was a time that we were dead to God.  We couldn’t truly sense Him or love Him.  On the other hand, we were quite alive to the thrills and allurements of the world.  We were willing followers of the “course of this world” and of the “prince of the power of the air.” (v. 2)  What this means is that our story isn’t about a basically good person who gradually learned how to live better and better for God.  It is about a man or woman who had a decisive point of change in which he or she came out of spiritual death into life.  The practical impact of this truth for followers of Jesus today is that we no longer live, “in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind.” (v. 3)  We live in the midst of a culture that worships at the altar of fulfilling whatever our bodies or minds might desire.  We are told that to satisfy our thoughts, feelings or desires is the pathway to living authentically.  God is saying here, “That is rubbish. In fact, that is the kind of life you were delivered out of.”  To those who have been born again and have come alive to the things of God I say, “Thank God for your new life in Christ and seek to live today out of that identity rather than as an old dead slave to sin.” 

I'm not living under sin
Sin is underneath my feet.
I'm not bowing down to fear
Fear is bowing down to me.

Seth & Nirva Ready

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