You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ– by grace you have been saved– and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God– not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Reflection : Yesterday I found myself in an important meeting surrounded by impressive people talking about the future of a large charity. I shared some points that were very well received and if I am honest, gave me a sense of achievement.
The problem is, I can too quickly become the focus, completely forgetting that I prayed before and during the meeting for God’s words and guidance.
It is our nature, our sinful nature to make the focus ourselves. One of the tenets of being a Christian is being focused not on ourself, but on God and others. It’s not that we ignore ourselves, that is going too far, but more that we live the truth that God is much more important, and serve others as often as possible.