“…remember that you were at that time separated from Christ… having no hope and without God in the world.” Ephesians [2:12]
Have you ever heard the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt”?
While this idea has some merit, what I’ve experienced is that familiarity can cause me to lose the wonder and awe of something.
Think back to the time when you got a new job. You had been waiting for this opportunity and it finally came. The first few weeks were amazing! Each day you walked into that office with a grateful heart. You had genuine appreciation for where you’ve come. Yet over time, the gratefulness fades. The excitement wears off. And the things you loved, and were so grateful for, become routine.
It can be this way with our salvation, too. Think back to the gratefulness you had when you first came to faith. The very thought of being rescued out of the kingdom of darkness brought tears to your eyes. You regularly told others that you were now forgiven, a child of God. Then, over time, your zeal faded.
We all once were alienated from God, without hope, and without God in this world. This is the state we would still be in if it were not for the mercy and grace of God through His son, Jesus. May we allow this realization to drive us into deeper gratitude, richer times of worship, and greater commitment to Christ!
Heavenly Father, may I never forget how far from You I once was. Remind me of what I have been saved from, and grant me a heart of gratitude for Your gracious salvation. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 Corinthians 1:4-9