“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:1-10
God’s grace is embarrassing. There, I’ve said it. It’s completely embarrassing. It can’t be earned, it’s not deserved, and yet, in Christ it is freely lavished on all who will receive it through faith. It’s embarrassing.
Perhaps we all can resonate with the apostle Paul who said “I decide to act one way then I act another, doing things I despise” (Romans 7:15 MSG). I certainly can, how many times (like me) have you come before God with the same thing…most days I can be so silly! Yet, in Christ, I am a trophy of his grace!
In our reading Paul reminds us of our story. We were dead in our sins, following the passions of this world… hopeless and unable to help ourselves… BUT GOD… (v4 ESV). The story should end at verse 3 but it doesn’t! (Just like the story should end at Genesis 3 but it doesn’t), BUT GOD… being rich in mercy made us alive in Christ and raised us up into heavenly places where we are seated with him! (2:6). We are now co-heirs to His Kingdom with an eternal inheritance with the Saints, those faithful people who have gone before us and cheer us on! (Hebrews 12:1).
Why did God step into rescue us? So he can demonstrate the “Immeasurable riches of his grace”. (2:7) I love that God, who is love and therefore just, (they are two sides of the same coin) gives us a way to be forgiven, free and live with a restored purpose. It’s through his blood shed on a cross. My sin exchanged for His righteousness.
If you have said yes to Christ, this is your story… (If not, you can know this kind of grace over your life. It’s a free gift, ask for it!) Remind yourself daily that you now belong to a different Kingdom serving a different King. A King and Kingdom with power and authority to silence the enemy and fear. A King and Kingdom where we serve out of a place of security not strife. And it’s important to note, grace is not opposed to effort, but it is opposed to earning. It’s not action (deeds) or grace, it’s deeds that flow out from grace. Feed yourself with truth and how worship flows in response. How can we not be captivated by God’s grace?
The cross is the greatest affirmation of love over your life…and yes it’s embarrassing. It wasn’t your songwriting, your fasting, your liturgy, your skill, your overseas mission trip, your tithing… it was God redeeming your life from the pit and setting you on solid ground. “Nothing but grace, Your Grace alone”.
Why not spend time today praising God for His embarrassing grace!