Today’s Reading | Ephesians 2:1-10
Dead Men Walking
What does it mean to be “dead in your sins?” In today’s reading, Paul gives four characteristics of someone who is not saved. Knowing them will help us have a greater burden for the unsaved and a greater appreciation for our salvation. First, he says that those who are dead in their sins follow the ways of the world (vs2). They live by its value system and it sets their goals. Second, they follow Satan (vs2). They live according to his goals and can’t resist his temptations. They have no power over sin. In fact, they are his slaves. Third, they gratify the cravings of their sinful nature (vs3). They do whatever makes them feel good and is comfortable. They are controlled by their desires. They have no self control. Fourth, they follow the desires and thoughts of their sinful nature. This characteristic literally means they willfully choose to go against the will of God and follow the world. Thankfully, God saw us in this condition and made us alive through faith in Jesus Christ. Why? That He might show the incomparable riches of His grace. Who in your world is living as one who is dead in his sin and needs to be made alive?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?