In Christ: I Am Made Alive

It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion.  Over the next 17 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”.  Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.

Here is day sixteen with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have been made alive.

I Am Made Alive

“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 (NIV)

Are there activities or events that you participate in that make you feel more alive than at other times?  How often do you think about your sin bringing death into your life?  Do you know people who have normal vital signs yet live as if they’re dead?  Are there times when that describes you?  How often do you just slide into the motions of doing life without living as one who is fully alive?

Many people develop habits and routines that become so automatic that they slide into a lifestyle that would be described at best as ordinary with no indication of being fully alive.  In Christ we have been lifted out of the ordinary and made to be fully alive!  As you pray, ask God to help you live as one who is fully alive even in the midst of the normal and ordinary tasks of life.  Pray that you would be filled with hope as you realize that when you are dead in your sins, Christ has come to make you alive.  Pray for the courage to make the most of being alive in Christ as you interact with people who still need to know Him.  Pray that they too would be made alive in Christ.

In prayer,