And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 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—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 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 2:1-9
How have these weeks of lent been for you? Have you taken the time, as suggested by Sarah, to take those (usually uncomfortable) steps toward freedom by confessing and repenting of your sins? Did you set something aside and/or pick something up in order to “turn (your) heart’s focus – from a ‘once was’ to an ‘even now’”? I must admit that I’ve not spent as much time meditating on our passage as I’d hoped to, but in the time I have, I’ve found focusing on our Ephesians passage has given me a glimpse of the place from whence we have come – it’s not pretty, is it? That old story is not a nice story, but it is not the story in which we now live.
As we continue meditating on this passage, I hope you’re going to soak in this stark contrast – where we were, in darkness, and where are been brought – “the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” As Rebecca beautifully said, Jesus’ story is now our story. We are in Christ. His story is now our story.
In the old story we were dead in our trespasses and sins. In the new story we have been made alive together with Christ, free to walk as who we truly are.
In the old story, we were following the patterns of this world. In the new story we are evidence of God’s mercy, grace, and love - “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness.” God wants to show who He is, and He is using us to do that. We are God’s show-and-tell. What an honour!
In the old story we were striving to carry out the desires of the body and the mind. In the new story we get “to work joyfully with him for the redemption of all creation.”
Let us tell His story (now our story), and “boldly testify to the power and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” And this is surely the thing to which we testify – “the gift of God.” We didn’t write ourselves into this grand narrative. The Author has given us a place in this story, in Christ. It is not our own doing, and no amount of doing will make it so.
Let us therefore boast in Christ, share His incredible story.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
P.S. Follow along with the continuation of this selected passage with the upcoming blogs of this lenten season here.
Laura is a proud Dutch-woman from Saanichton, BC. She has been part of the family for as long as she remembers, and has been part of the Redemption Church community since 2012. She is also passionate about advocating for human dignity and occupational justice, and is doing her PhD in the area of blindness in the hopes of advocating for change. She loves to make food for people, play games, walk (fast) with a friend, dance and laugh – if you like any of those things, give her a ring!