Do you remember how you used to live? Dead to life, buried by sin, wandering the course of the world's changing and perverse path. The prince of the power of the air owned you, just as he controls all living in disobedience, as we all once did...such that we could all be called children of wrath.
BUT GOD, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with Jesus Christ and infused our lifeless souls with life - even though we were buried under mountains of sin - and saved us by grace. He RAISED US UP with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with Jesus the Messiah, the liberating King. He did this so that for all eternity we will stand as a living testimony to the incredible riches of His grace and kindness that He freely gives to us by uniting us with Jesus, the Messiah, the one anointed for this purpose.
For it is by God's grace that you have been saved, through faith. It is God's gift, His offer to us that we didn't earn nor can ever earn by our own works. In this new state, we are the product of His hand, created in the anointed one, Jesus, so as to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.
Ephesians 2:1-10 (selections)
We were once buried in sin. I remember those days, feeling suffocated and held down by the choices I made and the world system which held me underneath it. The world's lies and false promises held me captive. But now, Jesus calls me out and places me in "heavenly realms," which allows me the gifts of heaven - love for God and others, power to live a righteous life, new vision and purpose - for today.
Over and over I read about the generosity of God and the sacrifice of Jesus which enabled the delivery of these riches. These origins of the faith - grace and sacrifice - I cannot forget. My peace comes from His torture, my healing from His wounds. A life of meaning comes from the design of God. That is to be my testimony: a presentation of the possibilities of life with God.
Does my testimony speak loudly enough for people to see God? Does anyone say, "I want what you have?" Do they really understand the price that was paid to make it so for all of us? Or the cost of obedience to bear His mark?
I do not understand why God let us choose our own (destructive) design, but I am grateful to follow His plan and path out from under the mountainous weight of sin. I am trying to grasp the scope of my new view from a heavenly perspective, and this I know - the world looks different now. It no longer entices and I have compassion for the continued lostness of those also buried under the lies and system of the prince of the power of the air.
I am emboldened to let my life be a testimony, a call to truth, of the great desire of God to have his people back. My life and actions can now be a message of God's generosity, kindness, grace and mercy - the truest of riches.
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