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Reclaim

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Reading: Ephesians 2: 1-10

Verse Four: “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ”.

Shows on TV that take old houses in Detroit or rural Mississippi and turn them into beautiful homes really draw my attention. The home is rundown, is sometimes abandoned, and is left to fall apart. But then someone sees the potential in the old bones of the house and they dive in and bring it new life. What it was and what it becomes is amazing.

In a similar way, in today’s passage, Paul writes of us: “You were dead in your transgressions and sins”. We were falling apart on the inside, we were destined for destruction, we were objects of God’s wrath. This is the path we walk when left on our own. It is the natural order of the world: decay. But we are not of the world. Just as that home rehab expert the beauty that is possible, so too does God with us. Paul writes, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ”. God reclaims us, taking away all that is sinful, making us one with Christ.

In the same way that a house in Detroit or Laura is claimed, we too are claimed by God. God knows the potential in each of us, the potential that He created us with, and He desires to free us to begin living out that potential. God makes us beautiful from the inside out so that we can be good in the world. Paul writes in verse ten that we are “God’s workmanship” and that we are “created in Christ Jesus to do good works”. Through our rehab process we are made new again so that we can be His light and love in the world.

The claim that God lays upon us is eternal. Once we enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, then our ‘status’ is saved. Yes, we may stumble now and then, but we always remain a sinner saved by grace alone. So that we cannot boast, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith”. It is the free gift of God’s love that saves us. Thanks be to our God who reclaims us from our brokenness and our mess, restoring us to new life in Christ. Thank you God! Amen.

2 thoughts on “Reclaim

  1. AWAKE MY SOUL TO JOY FUL LAYS, AND SING THY GREAT REDEEMERS PRAISE, HE JUSTLY CLAIMS A SONG FOR FOR ME, HIS LOVING KINDNESS HOW FREE , LOVING KINDNESS, LOVING KINDNESS , HIS LOVING KIDNESS OH HOW FREE,..
    A BROTHER FROM CHURCH , WHO WORKED IN THE NURSING HOME NEXT DOOR FOR YEARS IS NOW THERE WITH CANCER, BEING CARE FOR I WENT OVER LAST NIGHT TO ASK HIM WHAT CAN I GET HIM TO EAT THAT THE NURSING HOME DONT HAVE. 🙂 AND PRAY FOR HIM. HE STRONG MAN OF FAITH, AND KNOWS HE GOING HOME TO BE WITH CHRIST.. I WILL GIVE HIM THE SUPPORT OF A SISTER AND HOLD HIS HAND IN PRAYERS. LIFE IS A BLESSING, BUT THE WAY WE CARE FOR THE ONEZ WHO GETTING READY FOR HEAVEN IS VERY IMPORTANT.
    🙂 WHY SHOULD OUR TEARS IN SORROW FLOW , WHEN GOD RECALLS HIS OWN, AND BIDS THEM LEVE A WORLD OF WOE FOR AN IMMORTAL CROWN? AMEN

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