The book of Ephesians is probably one of my favorite books throughout the entire Bible. Throughout each chapter of Ephesians, there is practical wisdom that Christian’s can apply to their day-to-day lives. One of the most important things to note in the book of Ephesians is the fact that Salvation is the ultimate gift of God, and it is something He desires for everyone to obtain.
Many Christians have been taught that Salvation in Christ is a “free gift”, but some people misuse the term “free.” Salvation in Christ is not a free pass to live under grace and continue to live in sin, but instead, it is the freedom to live a life free of sin. According to Ephesians 2: 1 & 5, non-Christians who were once dead in trespasses and sins are now made alive together with Christ. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, He makes us right with God by grace through faith (2:8,9). Not only has the Lord redeemed us from our past sins, but He continues to appoint us to do good.
By grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Jesus brings those who were “once far off” near to the blood of Christ. His desire is for those who do not know Him personally to have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus knows that every person living on the earth will experience heartbreak and trouble. However, when we are made new in Christ, we no longer have a “temporary” perspective. Instead, we are given an eternal perspective that outweighs any troublesome doubts or fears. When we put life in God’s perspective, we no longer assume that illness, conflict, insecurity, and fear will last forever-it’s only temporary.
Another important thing to note about our Salvation is that our obedience to trust Jesus as our Saviour can be costly. Jesus did not come just to save us from our sin, He also wanted to transform our lives from the inside out. In Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Most people don’t want to give up their own plans and desires in order to follow Jesus, but God promises to bless our obedience when we choose to trust Him over our own limited understanding.
For myself, I knew how difficult it would be to give up the things that I once held dear to me. My old lifestyle which included partying, drinking, staying out late with friends, doing things I knew were wrong but felt good at the moment, those things I had to give up in order to follow Christ. It wasn’t an easy task, but looking back now and seeing where my life was headed, I can honestly tell you that choosing to follow Christ was the best decision I could have ever made.
It may seem unattractive to give up everything you’ve ever known, but will you trust God enough to leave the old and familiar and step into the great unknown? His plans always exceed the expectations-everytime we choose to obey Him.
Think about some of the things you’ve given up in order to follow Christ? Was it worth it? What are the things that God has saved you from, and how has He made an impact in your life? Aside from the ultimate gift of Salvation, what other little things has God done in your life that are worth sharing with others? He loves to bless His children so that we can bless others!
Until next time,