Devotional Tidbit – Blessings Ephesians 2:4-5
Thursday June 2, 2005
We recently returned from the trip mentioned in last week’s devotional tidbit. While on our preaching/teaching/going to see Grandma and Grandpa trip, I asked my wife a key theological question. I asked her if she thought God would bless us even when we don’t act in the best Christian behavior. I had really been struggling with this question and she answered it with common sense. She said, “If the only time God would bless us was when we acted perfect, then the blessings wouldn’t be blessings, they would be rewards for doing good.” Wow! I definitely needed that loving smack in the face with a logical conclusion about God’s grace. My wife is indeed a treasure and I thank God for giving her that knowledge. God has also given me that knowledge. Unfortunately, I, like many others let the knowledge God has given get bogged down underneath all kinds of troubles and worries. Acknowledging God’s grace should spur me, and all of us, on toward more works of righteousness and a closer walk with Christ.
What my wife said made me think of the following words of Paul: “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.” Eph. 2:4-5 (NIV)