“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…” Ephesians 2:2 //
This week Susan Peters shared part two of our series, Family Matters. Throughout our series we are unpacking the book of Ephesians, and talking about what it means to be a part of God’s family. Because we are a part of God’s family, the way we live matters. It is our natural tendency to put ourselves first, but we are a part of something much bigger! We took a deeper look at Ephesians two, and talked about who we were, who we are in Christ and who we hope to be.
WE ARE NOT SINGULAR, WE ARE UNITED TO THE FAMILY IN CHRIST.
Scripture tells us that we are inclined to put self first. But we were never meant to be isolated. Because we are followers of Jesus, we are in the family of God, and a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Our new identity is in Christ, and once we understand this truth, we start living with an eternal perspective instead of a self-centered one.
Not only do we have a natural inclination to put ourselves first, but the enemy also pushes us to live for ourselves. The Bible says he comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life and power over the enemy. When we are secure in who God says we are, we have power to not submit to the lies the devil tries to feed us. When we chose to follow Jesus, we were made alive, giving us power over sin and death.
PRONE TO WANDER…
Our heart is prone to wander, which is why we need to stay connected to Jesus, His people and His greater purpose. If we don’t understand who we are in Jesus, we will just wander around and fall into things we were not meant for.
We know we are saved from death, but what are we saved for? Through Jesus’ work on the cross, we are saved for so much more. There is divine purpose within each of us. God not only saves us, He redeems the broken places of our lives and gives us authority to declare victory.
WE ARE THE HANDIWORK OF GOD.
The truth is, we are the handiwork of God, set a part for divine purpose. We need to stop focusing on what is wrong with us, and start celebrating the giftings, callings and talents God has placed within us. This week, as God who He says you are, and let that start being the thoughts that silence comparison.
IN RESPONSE //
There really is no better way to shift our perspective than spending time with Jesus. This week, take time to press pause and spend time in Word, worship and prayer.
- Word // Throughout our series, we will be reading through the book of Ephesians together each week. Follow along with this reading plan, and spend time reflecting on the truth of God every day.
- Worship // Whether it’s in your car, in your headphones at work or in the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner, we want to create an atmosphere of worship. In that place, we create space for the reality of heaven to come to earth.
- Prayer // Have a conversation with God, and pray into the things you’re believing for.