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. –Eph.2:4-5
Glancing in the rearview mirror of my car, I caught a glimpse of something that frightened me …
My own reflection.
It was my eyes that told the story. It took only a second, but in that second I saw the truth …
I was dead.
Oh, I still had a pulse. I was still breathing. But make no mistake, I was dead. There was absolutely no life in my eyes.
And it terrified me.
That was B.C. That was before I met the One who is the Resurrection and the Life. That was before I knew the love of the One who would rather die than live without me. That was before God, who is rich in mercy, raised me up and seated me with Christ.
That was before he made me alive.
No one had to tell me I was dead in my transgressions. I already knew. But someone did need to tell me that wasn’t the end of the story–that it wasn’t the end of my story. Someone needed to tell me that mercy triumphs over judgment. Someone needed to tell me there was a Love stronger than death.
Someone needed to speak life into my dead eyes …
And into my heart.
Now I’m alive. And because I am–I have the privilege of speaking life over others. It’s not my job to speak death. I don’t need to tell people they’re dead in their transgressions …
Usually they already know.
But it is my job to show them the One who is the Resurrection and the Life. To demonstrate the great love of the One who would rather die than live without them. To point them to the One whose mercy triumphs over judgment.
To reveal the One who can make them alive.
What about you? Has he made you alive? If so, is there someone you need to speak life over today?
Thank you Jesus for the life I’ve found in you. Thank you for speaking life into my dead eyes and for making them come alive with hope. Lord, today please show me those who need to be touched by the reality of the only power that can overcome death and the grave–your love. ~Amen.