June 13, 2008

Who We Were

So often I think about my sin and how frustrating it is that I keep sinning, that I continue to do things that God does not approve of. If you read my post about losing my job with PCSO, you'll see I believe God was trying to get my attention with that. My sin nature stopped me from being a light in that dark place. But I know that my sin is wrong, the Spirit prompts me when I participate in it.

Ephesians 2:1-3 talks about "who we were" before God's saving grace. We weren't just sinning, we were dead because of it. "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked..." This is the course of the world, following Satan. Instead of seeking the things of God we followed the passions of our flesh, the desires of our body and mind. Gross. We were lustful, disgusting, selfish people without God. And Satan, "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience", works hard to draw us into sin.

I look now at my 14 month old son, who was just told for a second time not to touch my cell phone. He is a little sinner, who does not know God. He is selfish and disobedient and wants only to enjoy his life on his terms. Hold on, he just reached for the cell phone again and needs discipline....

Caleb sin separates him for eternal life with God; he is dead in his sin. His only hope is the grace of God through saving faith that Christ died and was resurrected as payment for his sins. As a father, I pray for Caleb's soul, and I long for him to know God as I do. I hope he is able to glorify God better with his life than I do with mine. God's calling in Caleb's life is his only hope for life outside the grip of Satan and sin.

We were dead in our sin, like most of the world, following and living among Satan in the passions of our flesh, the desires of our body and mind, as children of wrath. How sad. But there's more...

Praise God for His Saving Grace.