Memorise Ephesians 2:8
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead…”
CAN MY LIFE BE REFORMED?
When a person is saved, the Bible tells us that he is “a new creature”. The person’s entire outlook on life changes now that Christ is in the picture. The change is so drastic that in this passage, Paul refers to it as a person being “quickened”, or made alive, though he was once dead.
The difference in the person’s life should then be clear for all to see. In the past, he would have followed his own will and his own way, “fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind”. Now, after salvation, he is able to obey God’s laws and live in a manner that is pleasing to God.
But from this illustration, it is clear that a reformed life – a life of obedience to God – does not begin with our own efforts. In our sin, all of us are spiritually dead, and we have no ability to make ourselves spiritually alive, any more than a cadaver can come back to life by itself. The beginning of a reformed life – of our salvation – is not brought about by hard work or determination. Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly tells us, it is “for by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, let any man should boast.” The beginning of a reformed life, therefore, is the salvation grace of God that is freely given to sinful man, and not something that we earn.
Therefore before we even consider living a reformed life, we must first be sure that we are spiritually alive. Otherwise, all attempts to lead a life that is pleasing to Christ are futile. We may have grown up in a Christian home, and perhaps have always believed in the existence of God. Yet it is vital that we check to see if we have believed in God personally. Growing up in church, attending worship services, and serving in various ministries does not make us spiritually alive. God alone is the one who quickens us, who awakens our spiritual senses and enables us to believe.
We need to cry out to God and ask for the forgiveness of our sins, so that we can be saved. If we have not yet confessed Christ and obtained salvation, then this is the first and most essential thing to address.
Thought: Have I been saved by the blood of Christ, and been made spiritually alive?
Prayer: Lord, help me to be sure of my salvation, and to seek to live a reformed life as a person who is spiritually alive.