One day our family packed up in the car for a day trip. A few hours from where we lived, there was a park that we had not visited. Not being familiar with where we were going, we followed our GPS. After a while, I said to my wife, “This just doesn’t look right.” We were following a road that seemingly headed nowhere. Finally, we ended up at a dead end. The road had just ended, and we were looking out at a pasture, which was not our intended destination. We had taken a wrong turn. After backtracking a few miles, we found the park road in the exact opposite direction than we had been heading. It’s never good to be heading in the wrong direction.
The apostle Paul says that we are all headed in the wrong direction. As a result, we were dead in transgressions and sins (ref. Eph. 2:1-3). However, as he continues in Ephesians, Paul goes on to say:
EPHESIANS 2: 4-6 (NKJV) “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
Paul describes the rich blessing we have in Christ. We were all heading in the wrong direction, walking in disobedience, following our desires. We were on a path opposed to God. However, in His rich mercy and love, God turns us around and makes us alive in Christ. He rescues us from heading in the wrong direction and ending at a dead end. We are His. And we are created for good works that bring glory to Him.
endnotes: Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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