Paul reminds the Ephesians of life before Christ. He reminds them how they used to be strangers or aliens, of how they were excluded, and of how they were not good enough to be a part of the family of God. He does this to elevate their joy over Christ’s reconciling work on the cross. Through the cross Christ broke down all barriers and gave all access to God.
At times people still feel excluded from God. At times the things I do create space between God and I. My sin creates separation. But through His blood I find grace and mercy and reconciliation. Then I am restored to the family of God. I regret where I was but rejoice over finding my place again in the family of God.
This story Paul tells the Ephesians (and us) is a story many need to hear today. Lots of people think they are not good enough, not worthy enough. Some think their stains are too dark to ever be washed clean. Others keep a distance because they fear they will fail because the demons they wrestle with are strong and usually win. The story for all of these and more is the same story for us.
For all of us, this is a journey. It does not matter where you start, it only matters that you start. For all of us, we will stumble. This does not matter either because Christ is always there, extending a hand and welcoming us back through His blood. Christ calls us all. As followers we have heard the Word. It is our call to share this good news with the least and the lost so that all can make their claim in the family of God.
Scripture reference: Ephesians 2: 11-22