The first words of today’s passage provide our context for today,
‘Your were dead…’ Ephesians 2:1a
It is pretty clear cut, we were dead, and now, we are not.
Pastor Adam Hearlson states that
‘Any consideration of grace requires, as a prerequisite, a reflection of death’
This is the catalyst for Paul’s words to the believers at Ephesus, it is impossible to recognize life unless we have death as a point of reference, it is impossible to live in the light unless we first remember life in the darkness.
For an embarrassing long time, I have expected and accepted darkness every time I enter my parent’s house. I don’t even reach for the switch anymore and mom has wondered if her eyesight has gotten worse. The former light illuminating that room was gone and as a result, we couldn’t see (literally and conceptually).
Repeatedly, on my way out of the house I would promise to fix the problem next time I came over. This past Sunday it was time.
I got the step ladder and climb up to the fixture, mom grabbed the lightbulbs, and Andrea stood by to protect me from a fall. I replaced the bulbs, we switched the switch and we could see. There is was, we had become so comfortable that now the light was an adjustment. But now, there was light. It was a whole new reality to adjust to.