Devotions By Jan

Dead or Alive?

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schrodingers_cat_wanted_dead_or_alive_poster-rb5343cbe8b544d8bb2bcae895ee346ca_wv4_8byvr_512Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:4 “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”

I always feel bad for a cat owner who distributes a poster in hopes of finding his lost cat.  But I do not quite understand this poster.  Does the owner want the cat returned dead or alive?  Seems pretty callous.  But my confusion comes from the wording, “dead and alive.”  How can this cat be both?  The cat is either one or the other.

Our verse for today comes from a passage that puts everyone in one of two categories; dead or alive.  Those who are dead are those who follow the ways of the world and who are under the rule of Satan.  Everyone starts out in this condition.  Being dead in our sins is what seems normal.  It resembles life but it is limited to following only the desires of the flesh.   There is no spiritual dimension.

The problem of being dead is one is powerless to change one’s condition.  If God did not intervene, we would remain dead.  The intimacy with God for which we were created would be an impossibility.  Dead people cannot respond or communicate.  There is no relationship.  The entire purpose for our existence would remain unfulfilled if God had not made us alive through Christ.

He has lovingly made us truly alive through  forgiveness of our sins.  We deserved only wrath but instead He offers mercy and grace.  I was dead without this relationship.  Without it, my life loses its meaning and purpose.  Without it, I would say with Solomon in Ecclesiastes that all is “utterly meaningless!”

Thank you Lord, that You have given me true life!

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