What does it feel like to be Alive in Christ? Each time I ask this question, I hear a different answer from women, but most often, they respond, “I honestly don’t know.” In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul lays it all out on the table, explaining what it means to be Alive in Christ:
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest we were by nature objects of wrath.”
In the beginning, he tells them just how horrible that people have been in their own human nature. He describes a man full of sin. A man set to die for his mistakes. A person undeserving of any kind of hope or forgiveness. All of which, we can even relate today. Then he says:
BUT because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. AND God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 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. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Oh, my stars. Paul explains to us that sin made us dead. How? Because sin sets us apart from God. Just like them, we tend to be objects of wrath through bad choices and mistakes we’ve made. We’ve spiraled to things like feeling lost or lonely; we stoop to low self-esteem and toxic relationships. We’ve reached an all-time low because of the wrath our sin has caused.
BUT—and it’s a big BUT… GOD- who is rich in love and mercy, through Jesus saved us from our downward spiral by making us alive in Christ.
Because I deserved it? No.
Because I follow the 10 commandments? No.
Because I tithe on Sundays? No.
Because I haven’t sinned as bad as others? No.
ONLY BECAUSE of God’s love and mercy.
Let that sink in for a moment because it gets even better…
Not only is God abundantly rich in love and mercy through Jesus, He raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ladies, He loves us so much to save us and then says there’s more— He gifted us ROYALTY. He seated us with Jesus on a throne. The cross was enough, but that’s not just what God has in mind for us. It’s much, much more!
What’s the significance of sitting with Jesus?
Well, like Jesus, God not only gave us LIFE, but He called upon us to be His children.
Like Jesus, He wants us to tell everyone about Him.
God is choosing to love us the way He loves Jesus.
And like Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, He gives us the power to have victory over sin.
Don’t you know what this means? Through Faith in Jesus, we’re loved. We’re saved from our sin, we’re a child of God, and we’re unstoppable. What a beautiful gift! I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could be doing a better job showing how grateful I am for God’s generosity He’s bestowed on my life. I didn’t earn it. I don’t deserve it, yet it was given to me. How could I ever show my appreciation?
Paul says in 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We were destined to glorify the Lord.
We were created to work for God; to be His Ambassadors.
We are heirs with Christ and therefore, should wear that title forever; trying to do good works just as Jesus has done.
Friend, if you’re struggling with insecurities about who you are or who you’re meant to be, find rest in this Scripture. It’s like being a distorted piece of art in a museum, and God showcases you as one of His masterpieces. You are His work of art. You may not feel it. You may not be able to see it now, but it’s there. BUT GOD— who is rich in love and mercy has made you ALIVE in CHRIST.
So, what are you waiting for?