Ephesians. Christianity in a nut shell. This is another one of Paul’s letters, although he never gets as specific or personal as he does in his others. The general consensus is that he’s writing to the church of Ephesus, where he ministered for three years (Acts 19-20).
This is a beautiful book to refresh your heart in Christ. This morning, I loved this verse:
“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” 2:9
Masterpiece. Someone’s best work. A project you’ve poured into, sacrificed time, energy and resources for. Something you get protective over, you love and even adore because of what it means to you. Something you’re proud of. What’s something you consider a masterpiece?
That’s a fraction of how Christ feels about us. And I love this verse, because no one is specified. Not Jews, Gentiles, men, women of any race or region. Christ’s love is equally available to all of us. And as the first words of the verse insist, there is nothing we can do to earn it. There is so much freedom in that concept for my people-pleasing, performance-prone heart.
What verse jumped out to you today?