But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! (vv. 4-5).
We were all dead.
God’s mercy and grace give me hope — for myself, and for our world.
I don’t think there’s a better phrase to describe me before Christ. I was “dead in my trespasses.” I was a liar and a cheat, selfish and hurtful to those closest to me. And I had no place in my life for God. I remember sitting alone in a café with no idea what to do with my life and no one to direct me because I wouldn’t let anyone in. As I stared out the window, rain poured down from a black sky, mirroring my inner world perfectly. What if I wasn’t here? What if I faded away? Would anyone care? The weight of that thought sat on my heart and drained everything in me down into apathy. Those same thoughts then began to come more frequently.
But my story didn’t end on a rainy day alone in a café. In fact, I wasn’t alone even then. God, who is rich in mercy, made me alive. Even as an atheist, denying His existence and dying in my darkness, He was reaching out for me. He put people in my life to speak truth. He guided me with His wisdom, even while I read books to disprove Him. How great is His love for me that He cares for a man who wanted nothing to do with Him or with life! How great is His mercy that He loved me enough, even then, to speak into my life!
I still had to make the choice to turn over my life to Him, but without His mercy I would remain dead — dead in my sins and dead in my heart. There are many others out there who are as lost as I was, but God’s mercy and love are enough for all of us. We’ve all been dead in our trespasses, but His great love makes us alive in Christ.
▪ Read: Ephesians 2:1-10.
▪ Consider how far you have come in Christ. Make a list of things from which God has saved you.
▪ Think about where you still need God’s help. Make a list of things in which you want to grow.
Pray: Praise God for giving you new life by His grace.