And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.( Ephesians 2: 1-3)
...being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in 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 coming ages 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 a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2: 4-10)
Allow His Word to speak to you today...for we are the walking dead, nothing but zombies dragging through the streets of this world, in decay, day by day...incapable of turning to Him. "But God"...He moved. He made the move toward us. When the time was full, He moved (Galatians 4: 4-7). He came to us. He breathed the life of the Spirit into our dry bones so we would be the walking dead no more. He sought us and met us at the corner of Mercy and Redemption. He met us at the Cross.
"The blood of Jesus that was shed for you..." For the first time I heard these familiar words spoken directly to me at communion time and the impact was profound. I never remembered someone whispering the words to me at the moment of Intinction..."for me..." He did this for me...He bled on the Cross for me. Back then, He knew me and He did it thinking of me...thinking of us. He knew that one day He would come to me and rescue me from myself and my sin so I could carry Him in me. He knew, back then, while hanging on the Cross, that one day, centuries in the future, I would be reminded of what He did for me.
Amazing Grace...how sweet the sound...