Ephesians 2:1 – 9
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Where in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the world, according to the prince of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all has our conversation in times past in the lust of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye saved;) 6 and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
We being inside the presence of God is a privilege. It is an opportunity to be use by God in every works, he wants to fulfill through us. While some of us receives power upon entering God’s presence, there are some who are afraid or maybe ashamed to be in the presence of God.
Whenever you think that you are not worthy in the presence of God, take a stop to think about those people who were used by God for His purpose. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, Elijah, and many other people who were chosen by God. They were used greatly by God in His purpose and will; for His plan to be fulfilled. But if we can recall their stories, all of them failed, but still God made them righteous to fulfil every plan that He assigned to them. They were like us, never greater; never less. But what made them different that God set them apart and started conquering their limitations and even beyond?
- The more they were in the state of sin, they crave to go to God
God provided us answers, and the way to meet Him, to be reconciled with God. God is ready to forgive us no matter what happens, even if you committed the worst sin you could ever imagine. God can change your state of sin to Christ’s eternal life. This will happen only if we can reach out also to God. God is there, now it is your decision and your choice to go to Him.
Those people of God in the bible were used mightily by God because they truly have the heart to go to God and let God do the rest. They were only instruments who were humble and willing to follow whatever God had commanded for them to do.
Our problems molds us, teaches us and transform our attitudes towards life. This is what also God is showing us, He wants us to see His great power and How God can turn impossibilities to capabilities. Always remember that God is allowing these things for you to be aware that CHRIST is always with You, every step of your way through it.
- 2. They realize that it is the grace of God that saved them.
It is the Grace of God through Christ that we were all saved. For that reason, no one should boast. There may be times that we boast about how we compare ourselves seeing others falling into the temptations and schemes of Satan, thinking that we are righteous in God’s sight but actually that it is not. This kind of attitude brought Jesus of condemning the Pharisees of being self-righteous and hypocrites.
So, we have to remember that we are God’s chosen people and we are the ones who will help those who were lost to be righteous in God sight and that can only be possible through Jesus being the Christ.
Also, we do not have to suffer to be righteous in God’s presence because it is God who can make us righteous through Christ. We cannot do it, but our God can do it for us if come to Him in Jesus’ name.
Be thankful that Christ died to solve our Original Sin. Our righteousness lies in Christ being in the flesh, suffered and died; made it complete through His resurrection to give life to those who are willing to believe and accept him.
Let us not be tempted to go outside God’s will and plan. We will still experience trials or problems and accept that we may fall to temptations and will be discouraged. But do not faint. God is always there to accept us. He is there for us and will always be there for us. God will never take away His salvation given to His children.