There are so many words in the English language, how could someone possible have just two favorite words? Maybe, you think, three is a better number and those words could be, “I love you.” Or narrow it down further and have only one and it could be your name. As long as i’m not in trouble, I do like the sound of it. But just two? It might be akin to asking a librarian her two favorite books (it’s hard enough to narrow that down to ten!). Lately though, there are two words that keep making their rounds. Ones that come up and change everything.
You’re having a horrible day when you hear these words, and your day gets better. Perhaps you are full of anxiety; these words will bring you peace. You feel worn out and weary of all this life may hold; in these words you can find rest. So what could they possibly be? Just two short and simple words:
You might think I’m joking. What could those two words possible mean? “But God” what?
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7
We are lost in darkness, but God has sent a Light so we can see.
We are dead, but God has given us a way to new life.
We are sinners, but God made a way for us to have a relationship with Him.
We owe a debt we can never repay, but God sent His Son to redeem us.
Goodness, perfection, love, gentleness, truth, humbleness; none of these are things we can really attain on our own, but God is all of these things and with Him we can strive to be the same.
God loves us so, that even while we were sinners He sent Jesus to take on all of our sin, so that we could spend eternity with Him. In the above verse from Ephesians it says we were “dead in our trespasses.” I don’t remember the first time I heard it explained this way, but I will think of it this way forevermore: What is it a dead man can do? Can he walk & talk? Of course not! He’s dead! We, while dead in our sin, because we are separated from God, can do nothing to save ourselves. BUT GOD! God can do these things! He can save us! He had sent the rescue plan in motion before we even needed it. Jesus came to live a sinless life, to take on our sin, to die. But He did not stay dead; He was resurrected. And through Him, we can live again as well.
So, you see, these two, seemingly simple, and small words hold a very big meaning. They can change your life. I’m so thankful for the day they changed mine.
Love & Blessings,