The book of Ephesians in your Bible tells us of the wonderful salvation, calling and purpose of your God our Father. Today, I would like to share with you some insights from chapter two which I believe parallel the church in several eras of her history. In order to bring the healing and deliverance Christ purchased for mankind, we as His church, must stay in touch with what we are called and chosen for. We also could benefit from remembering what we were before Christ intervened in our lives.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. ~Ephesians 2:1-3
How powerful is that? This was written by the man who Christ called and saved while he was headed to persecute the Christian church! Here’s an excerpt from how Paul accounted for his conversion day:
So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ ~Acts 26:15-18
Today, I ask all who read this to consider the power of conversion. Scripture compares it to being brought out of death and into life. Or, out of darkness into light. But then Jesus says “…from the power of Satan to God” Also from Eph.2 above, we read they once walked “according to the world. To the prince of the power of the air…” Is it possible that as Christians we could become more effective at graciously bringing the lost into salvation by reflecting upon what is being said here? Of course, we see people from all walks of life and we, because our eyes have been opened, can now recognize the sinful folly of their ways. But we are called and chosen to bring them into the kingdom, to “open their eyes” to the gospel.
The same power that changed us can change anyone who would receive. Today’s world is full of people who are crying out in their hearts for the very gospel the church has been foreordained to bring them! Of course, they are living in darkness and currently are blinded to the Savior’s love. But we can bring it! We can show it! We can share the power of our own Christian testimony. We have been called out, but we remain here to bring the message to others. So often we see those who judge and condemn those who Christ came for. The good news of the gospel is that Christ came into the world to save sinners! Scripture teaches us that God is willing for none to perish but that all men everywhere would find repentance!
Perhaps as you read this message today someone became aware that they are away from God, and that Jesus came to reconcile that condition. Simply acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Lord who came to save, heal and forgive you from all sin and darkness and invite Him come into your life, to cleanse you from all sin and darkness, to heal you from any brokenness, and to deliver you from all ungodly habits. Give Jesus permission to become Lord over your life and He will bring you out of the darkness of the present world into the glory of His Kingdom of love, light and life!