The Biggest ‘But’ in the Bible

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

How regularly do you think of your past – the unwise, unhealthy, even ungodly decisions you have made? And how regularly do you allow your past to define you? Perhaps you think things like…

  • “I’m just a sinner, saved by grace.”
  • “I didn’t have my act together back then and God is still wondering when I will get it together.”
  • “I try to be good, but I’m not sure I’ll ever please God.” 

Thoughts like these aren’t uncommon. But they’re also not biblical. In Ephesians, it seems clear that Christians in Ephesus struggled with similar thoughts. Paul emphasizes this in Ephesians 2:1-3 by writing things like, You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil…

But then Paul follows up with what may be the biggest ‘but’ in the Bible. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. Paul is essentially saying, “Let God’s grace, not your past, define who you are.”

READING & PRAYERS:

     EPHESIANS 2:1-10 (also read the commentary notes in your study bible of choice)

Be honest: What (or who) do you most regularly turn to for your identity?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I see myself as a sinner and not as a saint. But Your Word tells me that if I’ve placed my faith in Christ, I am a saint. Your Word tells me the gospel is Good News. Your Word tells me You are rich in mercy. Today, continue to help me see myself as You see me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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