Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1-3, Psalm 45, Ephesians 2
Ephesians 2:1-3 In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.
Ephesians 2:12 At that time you were apart from Christ. You were foreigners and did not belong to God’s chosen people. You had no part in the covenants, which were based on God’s promises to his people, and you lived in this world without hope and without God.
Ephesians 2 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The first half describes the gospel’s spiritual impact, making us alive in Christ; the second half describes the gospel’s social impact, reconciling us with our enemies.
It also gives two descriptions of life without Jesus.
The first one, in verses 1-3, describes anyone without Christ: spiritually dead, following the world’s evil way, obeying and controlled by the devil, living according to our natural desires, and destined to suffer God’s anger. We were dead, disobedient, deceived, and destined for judgment.
The second one, in verse 12, describes the plight of the Gentiles in particular: foreigners, didn’t belong to God’s people, no part in the covenants, and living without hope or God. We were excluded, hopeless and Godless.
I’ve been a Christian so long that it’s easy to forget what life without Jesus was like. This is a good reminder. I will meet people this week who fit this description. I have what they need and want (even though they may not recognize it). Don’t forget how hopeless life is without Jesus, and be sure to share what you have! People need it…desperately.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for the timely reminder. Help me remember this, and use it to motivate me to share Jesus happily.