Friday, March 16
In this passage, entitled in our version of the bible “From Death to Life,” Paul points out that because of our “trespasses and sins,” we were dead…following “the desires of flesh and senses.” But then, God, through God’s love for us, made us “alive together through Christ, that we may be saved…and shown the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.”
As I think about the words in this passage, it reminds me that too often, we are consumed by the material things in our lives, constantly striving for the bigger house, the better car, the nicer clothes, the greater vacations, and the list goes on… While these things are nice and make us comfortable, spending so much time focusing on these things can leave one feeling empty. Turning our attention toward the relationships in our lives, the time with one another, offering a helping hand or a smile to someone, and giving God thanks for all the blessings in our lives can fill us up! These ARE the gifts of God and the pathway toward growing in our care of and relationships with one another.
As you move through your day today, challenge yourself to contact a friend, smile at a stranger, or extend your hand to someone in need. They will know we are Christians by our love!
-Submitted by Laura Lewis
Paul proclaims that we have already been raised up with Christ and seated with him in the heavenly places. How does this proclamation affect your understanding of heaven? Describe the freedom that comes with already having been reconciled with God.