Monday: March 19                                                     

Ephesians 2:1-10

            You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.

             But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through 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 ages to come 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 the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

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            I’m sure most have heard the phrase, “God isn’t done with me yet.” As I meditate on this passage, I’m reminded that God is still working.  And, he’s working on everyone – you, me, and neighbors all around this world. He loves us so much that he presents us with the gift of grace, and gives it to us freely. And it’s for all even while dead in transgressions.  Therefore, through faith, God provides salvation through the blood of his Son, Jesus Christ. Nothing we do will save us. Verse 10 says it all:  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It’s the blood of Christ that brings close to God.  

O God of grace and mercy, help us to grow in faith

as the handiwork you created in us grows.

Rev. X. Rae Browning

First Christian Church, Cumberland, MD

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