Paul kicks off Ephesians 2 reminding the believers in Ephesus of who they once WERE — spiritually dead, under the dominion of the enemy, controlled by their lusts…separated from God.
While we’re not to dwell on our past, there is obvious value in remembering what it was once like to be controlled by darkness. How else could we truly appreciate what it means to live in His light otherwise? It’s much like the jeweler who pulls out the black velvet cloth to display the diamond in all its glory. The contrast is striking.
I never want the memories of my life prior to knowing Christ to slip away. It helps me to remain sensitive to those who are still breathing, yet spiritually dead on the inside.
While preparing the lesson, I “happened upon” this Web site–an opportunity, if you will, to put feet to those memories that linger of my prior life. On this site, you will see a place to sign up for “Unreached people of the day”. The last couple of days have been concentrated in areas of India, a country that holds a special place in my heart since Zach’s mission trip there several years ago.
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16