You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in 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. 3All 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. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-7, NRSV)
By grace, you have been saved.
By gift. By nothing, you have done.
You have been given a gift.
Every day is a gift that is why it is called the present. (I know overused pun…)
But this passage made me think of my days when I would knock on people’s doors and tell them about Jesus and would try to get them to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Now there is nothing wrong with helping people know who Jesus is, or how much God loves them. My issue comes in the questions we ask and the understanding. When I knocked on doors we would ask, do you know where you are going to spend eternity? And honestly, none of us could answer that question with any sort of certainty. Yes, we had prayed the prayer and asked Jesus into our lives, but we have all also backslide and so, were we in God’s good graces?
The question I have come to understand as a Lutheran is not where are you going to spend eternity, but you are alive today, how are you going to use this day?
You see we are all accepted because of what God has done, not what we have done, or what prayer we have or haven’t prayed. God loves you as you are, so what are you going to do about that today?
Are you going to spread God’s love or say people aren’t included for something you deem is wrong?
Love or try to play God?
The choice is yours on how you act, not about who God loves!