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Who We Were Apart From God’s Grace
Victor Borchard
It was worse than I thought. An apparently minor leak from my hot water heater in an exterior utility closet turned into a major issue. Before I knew it, the floor in our laundry room was buckling and the adjacent floors in our kitchen, dining room and living room were all being refinished. It was worse than I thought.
Our condition apart from God’s grace is also worse than we think. As I look back on my days before I became a Christian by trusting Christ, I see that I partied and did some things I shouldn’t have. But when I take a closer look at Ephesians 2:1-3, I realize that my condition was far worse than I ever realized.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
Ephesians 2:1-3

This passage teaches that we were spiritually dead. We were so disobedient as to be characterized by it. Like father, like son. We were sons of disobedience. Not only that, but we were also children of wrath. Dead sons of disobedience and children of wrath. It’s not a pretty picture.
It is this black backdrop of our sin-drenched lives onto which God places the diamond of his grace. We who deserved his wrath receive his favor. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. The first way God showcases his grace is by reminding us of who we were apart from it. Today, let this reminder inspire the song in your heart afresh, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” Even though our sinfulness was worse than we thought, His grace is far greater than we can ever imagine!
· In what ways might this description of who we were apart from God’s grace help us with: Humility? Worship? Gratitude?

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