Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-19
“Now I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” (Ephesians 4:17,18)
Paul is reminding us of the terrible state of life without Christ. As believers we have been delivered from a hardened and callous spiritual life. Those without Christ walk “in the futility of their minds.” Life becomes a meaningless routine. People strive for something and when they get it, they still are not content. They lack an eternal purpose. All is temporal.
People without Christ are darkened in their understanding. They cannot grasp spiritual truth for they are spiritually dead — “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).
People without Christ are excluded from the life of God. In fact, they are alienated from Him. They are separated from the life of God because of their ignorance and the hardness of their hearts.
People without Christ are callous and have given themselves over to an impure lifestyle — “They have become callous and have given themselves over to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity” (v. 19). They have lost a sense of conscience. When this happens they give themselves over to a selfish, self-centered lifestyle. They make excuses for their sinful choices.
How thankful we are that we have Christ. The Spirit of God has opened the eyes of our hearts to God’s truth. We are part of God’s family and share in the life of God. We have been set free from our bondage to sin, from our callous spiritual condition. God has done all this for us in Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank You for delivering me from my sinful condition. Thank You for opening the eyes of my heart to see Your truth. Thank You for giving me spiritual life and the ability to know spiritual things. Thank You for bringing me into the life of God. You removed my heart of stone and gave me a new heart!
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