Week 1: Family Devos
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
We are a week into the new year and this is a time when many of us are focused on new beginnings. Maybe you are someone that likes to write a whole list of resolutions, maybe you like to choose just one word to focus on or maybe you don’t like to take part in any of the typical new year’s traditions.
You might be starting out this new year full of excitement and anticipation of all that God is going to do or maybe you are limping into the new year feeling like you are carrying heaviness and sorrow that 2018 left behind. Regardless of your stance on any of these things, it is impossible to ignore that 2018 is now over and 2019 has officially begun.
The kids are back in school and most of us are probably getting back to a more normal, post-holiday routine. As we all get back into our routines and maybe set some new goals, this is a great time to begin memorizing scripture together as a family. From kids Disciple Groups to adult Disciple Groups, we are excited to be learning the same scriptures together throughout 2019. Let’s take a closer look at Ephesians 2:4-5 as we begin memorizing it over the next few weeks.
Whatever our current circumstances are, Ephesians 2 brings great comfort. Taking the time to focus on God’s love and mercy is exactly what we need, whether we are experiencing the highest of highs or the lowest of lows, our God’s love and mercy remains the same.
No matter what a day may hold or what challenges we face, the truth that we are loved by a merciful Father is always true. We are made alive in Him, through Jesus and we have been saved by grace. Just as a dead person can do nothing to make themselves alive again, there is nothing that we have done to make God love us less and there is nothing that we can do to make Him love us anymore.
God’s great love for His people is demonstrated over and over again in Scripture. One example of God’s great love, breathing life into that which was dead, is found in John 11. We see the story here of Mary and Martha calling Jesus to heal their brother Lazarus. They sent for Jesus, telling Him that His friend, that He loved, was very, very sick. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had died.
Jesus wept with his friends over the death of Lazarus. Jesus called Lazarus up out of the grave and back to life. Jesus gave earthly life back to His friend that He loved. The life that Jesus offers us is an eternal life. Just like Lazarus was dead with no chance, aside from Jesus, of ever experiencing life again, we were dead in our sins with no chance of experiencing eternal life aside from Jesus.
We see God’s love demonstrated in this story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and in many others throughout the Bible. However, the love that He demonstrates through what Jesus did on the cross for us is so much greater. What an amazing truth that even though we were dead in our sins, because of Gods great love for us, we are made alive together with Jesus.
Whatever our feelings are as we enter this new year, take comfort in this verse…
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5.
This year as a church family, we are taking a close look at what it looks like to pass the torch of faith on to “One More Generation.” We have the opportunity to teach a new generation of believers that God is who He says He is, that He is rich in mercy and that He loves His people with a great, steadfast love.