Ephesians 2 - You are included

Do you feel God is just too far way?
Do you know God but it's not a relationship, or is the idea of God a long way off your radar?

Maybe you know someone who knows God, they seem to live and breathe their relationship with him and you just don't understand where they are coming from. It's okay for them but it's really not for you.

Do you feel excluded from that world, from the faith you hear and see? Or does it seem irrelevant to your life? It's okay, that's how you are supposed to feel - not because you are excluded but because you are separated. (Ephesians 2:12)

Since the fall we have all lived in separation from God, there is a constant feeling of something missing, a life not quite adding up. No matter who you are or where you are in life, there is a dividing wall between you and God.

That wall has been already been broken down, you just haven't realised it. There is no longer a dividing wall between you and God other than the one you have created. There is no division between you and believers in God, we are all the same and it is for you. (Ephesians 2:14-18)

Jesus died on the cross for you, why do you look to others to see what their faith looks like?  Jesus died on the cross because God wanted to draw close to you, he died to reconcile you to God. To reconcile means to restore the relationship. It's not something new and weird but a restoration of a relationship that was always meant to be, restoring what is missing.

Jesus did not die to bring you into a religion, he did not die so that you could follow a set of rules and cramp your lifestyle. Jesus died to bring you peace, to bring you in from the outside, so that you would always feel included. You belong as a part of God's household, there is a promise of harmony as you move not into God's household but as he moves into you.

You are so special, so included and so accepted, that God moves his Holy Spirit to live within you so that you would know his nearness at all times, so that you would feel his love always and that you would be made fully alive. That's the God I know and live for and it's the God who calls to you.

"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" (Ephesians 2:4-5)



6 comments:

  1. What a great affirmation of God's grace! 'God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.' Ephesians 2:8

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  2. This is such a great reminder of Jesus love for us. I John 3:1-2 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,a we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Blessings Diana

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    1. A love with no catches Diana - We are children of God indeed :)

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  3. We just finished going through Ephesians at church. Thank you for sharing this truth. If more people understood their worth in Christ, the world would be a better place. Blessings to you and yours.

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    1. It is so sad when people search so many things looking for their worth when it has already been given to them. Thanks for your encouragement Heather :)

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