There are times when we must take a moment and just reflect on the benefits of being in Christ. The fact that we are in Christ has kept us out of some things, but the truth of the matter is that we are still growing in Christ therefore we cannot forget how God is transforming and conforming us into His image.
Ephesians 2: 1-2 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” All of us have fallen away from God and His ways at some point in our lives, but we must ask the question what or who is it that has pulled you away? Ephesians 2:3-4 shows us that it is imperative that we deal with the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. “Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” We must always recognize where God has brought us from in order to appreciate where we are today. God’s grace is His unmerited favor towards us. Meaning He has given us what we truly don’t deserve in order to display His unconditional love for us. Grace is what God gives us and mercy is what God took for us. As messed up as we were, God sees a message in us that will ultimately change us, and the lives of others.
In the game of baseball the batter is allowed only three strikes before the umpire disqualifies and calls them out. I’m grateful that God doesn’t treat us like an umpire and only give us three strikes. God doesn’t expect for us to continue to swing and miss the mark. Some of us are spiritually striking out and still running the bases, but not making progress. The text shares that God can take us from desolation and place us on the road to restoration.
Family, God is not concerned with where you have been, but He is concerned with where you are going. We must follow the instructions of our coach (God) and the playbook (the Bible) if we want to reach our full potential and purpose in life. Let’s Keep Growing!