Scripture

Ephesians 2:4-10

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Reflection

I decided to look up the word intervention today. I don’t think I need one and I’m not planning at this time to participate in one. I looked it up because according to Ephesians 2:4, we have received one.

Remember our reflection from yesterday.

We have all fallen short. We are all sinners in need of grace.

All of us were at one time, “dead in sin, lost, lacking in hope, and still searching for meaning and direction.

That’s the first three verses of chapter 4, but in the fourth verse, an intervention takes place. I actually prefer the way the English Standard Version translates verse 4. The first two words simply say,

But God...

If you had to describe the Gospel with only two words, it would be hard to find two words better than those.

My life was heading nowhere, “but God.”

My sorrow was overwhelming, “but God.”

The only thing in front of me was a giant dead end, “but God.”

An intervention happened. God’s “unmerited favor” interrupted my path to nowhere.

I once was dead. But God.... has made me alive.

Prayer

God, thank you for the intervention of your grace. Without you, I had nothing. Because of you, I now have everything. Help me to live this day in the strength and power that only you provide. I am so grateful for another day to embrace this new life you have given to me. AMEN.