When God Says, "Live!"
“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 and 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.” Ephesians 2:1-3
We were dead. Not physically, but spiritually. We were like the walking dead, mindlessly roaming the earth, following the path of those around us. Satan didn't need to tempt us because we were given over to our flesh. Dead people can’t hear, nor can they respond to a call (and this is where the walking dead analogy fails). They have nothing to offer but a rotting flesh. In our culture today, when we encounter death, it’s clothed in the nicest of clothes and placed in a beautiful casket, surrounded by flowers. The void of life, many times, is hidden from our eyes. Likewise, in our state of spiritual deadness, we hide underneath our own facade of righteousness, blind to our true state. Like a physically perished person, we can’t hear or respond to God’s call. So, we follow our usual path of sin. Like physically dead bodies, the spiritually dead decay further and further as we follow after the passions of our flesh.
“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
He made us alive. Only those who have been made alive by God are called, regenerated, and justified and are being sanctified day by day. He plucks us out of our grave and places us on the path that leads to everlasting life. Friends, He didn’t just throw us a life jacket to put on if we wanted to be saved. You don’t throw life jackets at dead people. No, He breathed His breath into our lungs and said, “Live!” You and I had no part in our salvation. Just as a physically dead person can't raise themselves from the grave, neither can we muster up the faith to be born again. When a person is converted, it is wholly a glorious work of God, "so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:9).
Holy and gracious Father, we are astonished that You chose to save wretched sinners like us. We don't deserve an ounce of Your grace, and yet, You've lavished it upon us as Your children. Thank You for making us alive through Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His precious name, Amen.
Take a moment to praise God for His grace in your life. Ponder where you were when you were dead in your sin, and thank Him for how He's changed you.