For our mid-week devotion I offer to you this powerful reminder for Jesus' followers from the book of Ephesians. The passage reminds us of the dramatic change which Christ brings to our life. By grace we are given a whole new life. Not an existence bogged down with sin and guilt but rather, a life of every day victories as we learn to live and serve following Christ's example. This week consider who you were (or are) when Jesus is not at the center of your life. What kind of heartache and trouble do you find yourself in? Then consider who Jesus is inviting you to be. What does that life look like? How is it victorious over sin? How is it bringing God glory?
2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:1-10
For your prayers:
Children and leaders preparing for Vacation Bible School. May many young lives be brought closer to our Lord Jesus.
Those recovering from surgery.
Those preparing for surgery next week
Those who are grieving
Those who are moving.