We were all dead. We were on our way to hell. No matter how good we’ve been since our birth, we were doomed. No power in us or around us could have saved us. No amount of pure thoughts could have saved us. In fact, we cannot live that life at all. This is one truth we all know—whether you are a Christian or not.
This is one of those truths Paul writes in the beginning of Ephesians 2. But he doesn’t stop there. He follows with the Good News: God showed up. God came to our rescue. He saved us from the road to hell. So it’s not our doing. It’s all Him and His plan. All we can do is to thank Him and glorify Him. Again, this is another truth we all know, whether we believe in Christ or not.
Now, the life after “God showing up” is another story all together. After being saved by God’s grace, we try on our own to live a good life. We struggle with our weaknesses and we try to fix it by ourselves. Something in us tells us that He won’t show up again. We think that only after we overcome our weaknesses can we come to God in prayer or fellowship. We try hard. Anxiously we try. These struggles have led some of us to depression. We forget the very Truth that gave us this new life. It is by His grace and mercy that we have been saved. All we have to do is come to Him with open weaknesses. It is not possible to be perfectly pure or free from our weaknesses in this life and that’s the beauty of grace. We can call upon Him all throughout our lives.
We have all experienced His freedom. We have all experienced His joy. Every good thing comes from Him alone. It is for us to realize that EVEN NOW we don’t possess the power to make things right. He alone does! He has prepared way for us beforehand (Ephesians 2:10). All we have to do is to trust in His abounding grace. Not struggle alone,but struggle together with Him.
“ For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your owndoing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which Godprepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV