Graced - Day 4 - The Gift of New Life
Ephesians 2:4-7 - 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
As a kid I loved butterflies because I found the metamorphosis process to be so fascinating. My kid brain wondered, “How can a caterpillar turn into a butterfly?” It all seemed so amazing to me. Now, as an adult, I realize that throughout nature there are many examples of insects or amphibians experiencing some kind of metamorphosis. This makes sense because our God is a creator who gives life and also gives new life. Though the metamorphosis of a butterfly is impressive, it is a mere shadow of the greater and more profound metamorphosis that happens when a person becomes a Christian.
Verse 5 says, “even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” This verse shows the power of God to change people. Quite literally we were spiritually dead in sin when God showed up and gave us spiritual life in Jesus. Do you realize how amazing this is? Dead things don’t normally come alive. Only God has the power to bring us from death to life.
Why did God bring us from death to life? Verse 4 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us...” There are two reasons why God brought us from death to life. First, God is “rich in mercy.” Mercy is about God giving us kindness, compassion and forgiveness, when we deserve condemnation and damnation. As sinners, we were dead in sin and deserved damnation, but God is rich in mercy and gives salvation. Why? This leads to the second reason God brought us from death to life: love. Because of God’s great love, he gives us mercy. It seems the heartbeat of God’s mercy is God’s love and the overflow of God’s love is God’s mercy.
Take a moment to ponder the power of God’s mercy and love. Out of God’s mercy and love comes tremendous transformation. We go from being dead in sin to becoming alive in Jesus (v.5). We go from being under the power of sin and rule of Satan to being adopted into God’s family and seated with Jesus in the heavenly places (v.6). Because of God’s love and mercy we go from being children of wrath to becoming children of God. What more could we ask for?
• How does the gift of new life make you feel? In what ways has God changed you?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for giving you mercy, love and new life.