Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
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 the 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 flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 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. For 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 handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV)
Have you ever considered adopting a child? Maybe you have adopted a child or have applied for adoption. Chances are, if it’s something you’ve ever considered, you’ve only ever considered adopting a live child. After all…..that only makes sense. But what does Ephesians 2 say about our state of being at our adoption? We were dead. God saw a world of children that He wanted to raise from death and bring them into the life His precious Son was living.
So, Father sent His one and only Son to us. God reached out to us through His Son, and His Son laid down His life as an offering of love for us and to the Father. Then, the Father raised His Son to life, and not His Son only, but all who would believe in His Son, and to all who believed in His Son, to them He gives His abundant, everlasting life.
He adopts us because He loves us. We didn’t earn His love. We can’t run away from His love. Nothing can separate us from His love. God loves us and adopts us because He is full of grace and mercy, and He has compassion on us. His grace and our salvation are not bragging rights for us based on us being a people who were deserving of salvation, for we could never have deserved it! Rather if we are going to boast, it should be in the immeasurable riches of God’s grace expressed in His kindness to us through Christ Jesus. Let us enter His Life!