Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Ephesians 2:1-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
From Death to Life
2 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 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. 3 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. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ[a]—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 ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 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.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
The writer of Ephesians wrote comparing life before and life after coming to Christ. The image he uses is the image of death and resurrection. We were once dead, but now we have been made alive. We participate in the death and resurrection of Christ by dying to our sins and all that stands in the way of what Jesus called abundant life and being raised to a new life.
Moreover, all this is through God’s grace and not something that we have to achieve or make happen in our lives. We need only acknowledge God’s grace and embrace that “we are what he made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
I invite you to read through Ephesians 2:1-10 again and let each verse sink in. What stands out for you? What grabbed your attention?
Then, read it again. What does it mean to be created for good works and for that to be your way of life?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster