Ephesians 2:1-10 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Alice Rhee, Gracepoint Minneapolis

What 3 things does this text say exercise control over unredeemed man?  In what ways did I follow these things before I became a Christian?

The cravings of our sinful nature, our desires, and our thoughts exercise control over unredeemed man.

Before I became a Christian, I was quite insecure and was enamored with the idea that perhaps I was some special person waiting to be discovered by the world. Therefore my constant cravings and desires were for human approval and recognition.  I craved the attention of people in whatever way I could by the way I dressed, talked, by trying to study hard in school, or by just trying to be a nice and pleasant person. My desires were fixed on how I could build up a good reputation before other people to win their respect and friendship to drown out my sense of worthlessness.  So my thoughts were often very complicated, second guessing people’s responses towards me and reading into people’s “true” motives.  These thoughts eventually led to a very warped perspective about people, myself, God, and just life which brought upon many heartaches to myself, hurt towards others and rebelliousness against God.

How have I experienced being “made … alive with Christ?”

I was so enslaved to my cravings and desires for recognition before people to the point that I felt so hopeless and “dead” inside because I had reached a point where I didn’t know who I really was or what I was supposed to live for.  But I experienced being made alive in Christ when God’s Word confronted my obsessive, self-centered ways and I was convicted that I was wicked sinner who was defying God and His rightful place in my life as Creator and Lord who alone deserve all recognition and praise. This was a piercing realization but it was also liberating at the same time.  When I was finally able to honestly own up to my self-centeredness as rebellion against God and cried out to Him for forgiveness through the cross of Jesus, I experienced not only my guilt and shame being lifted but also all the “chains” of my self-centered cravings, desires and thoughts being loosened as well.  Ever since I was convicted that my worth as a person did not come from how people viewed me through my performance or anything I do but from God’s unconditional love and grace, I am continuing to be made alive with Christ as He enables me to die to my desires for significance and approval and instead and be used by Him to bring others like me to Christ.

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3 Responses to “Ephesians 2:1-10 Devotion Sharing”

  1. Cathy says:

    Amen, praise God for what He has done in your and our lives!

  2. chris says:

    thanks for sharing!

  3. Judy Shieh says:

    I hope many will experience being made alive in Christ in Gracepoint Minneapolis. Thanks for sharing.

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