Metamorphosis, Part 1 “Transformed”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

When you consider what means the most to you in life, do you already have it or not?

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1:1-10 NIV

When you consider your own spiritual standing before God, do you focus more on God’s role or your role? Where does Paul teach us to focus?

List all the “spiritual gifts” God has given you that Paul points out in this passage (or offers, if you have not yet given him permission to change you).

Religion dictates a way for you to work your way back to God. Christianity is God making a way to give you the undeserved life—if you accept the offer. Why does God not force you to accept his love?

Lord, your blessings are too great to understand. As I consider the distance you covered to come find and save me, I stand in awe of the depth of your patience, kindness, and mercy. There is no one like you!