Read: Ephesians 2:1-10
Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ. (v. 5)
What does it mean to be alive in Christ? It does not mean that you must have your life together. Being alive in Christ does not mean that you are happy all the time. It does not mean that your life is as beautiful and put-together as your Facebook posts.
In fact, being alive in Christ means the opposite. Today’s passage states that even though we were dead in our sins, God made us alive together with Christ. It is in imperfection that grace appears. God is at work in the mundane, and the everyday messiness of existence. We must not forget that Christ came into this world to live an ordinary life extraordinarily connected to God the Father. Likewise, we become alive in Christ when we are baptized into his life (Gal. 3:27).
Being alive in Christ does not mean we will be in a constant state of smiles and joy. Being alive in Christ means our foundation is so strong that even when the storms come, we can live through them. Even when we were dead in our sins, God gave us life through Christ.
Take a moment right now to remember that Christ invites you to live a life in him. Know that, in Christ, your feet are firmly planted on an unshakable foundation: Christ’s unconditional love for you. In both ordinary and extraordinary ways, Christ is inviting us to live free from sin, free from guilt. —Ben Aguilera
Prayer: Help me always remember that I am alive in you. Amen.