Metamorphosis, Part 5 “Living Transformed”

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

When are you inspired to be extremely generous?

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT

In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13 NLT

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. Ephesians 4:1-6 NLT

Ponder the phrase “the blood of Christ.” Consider the gravity of your sin and the ultimate generosity of God.

Do you believe truth doesn’t change despite your preferences, beliefs, or opinions?

Do you believe love is the most powerful change-agent in the universe? Why or why not?

“…you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” How often do you find yourself leaning into this hope?

Lord, thank you that the gravity of my sin did not weigh down the power of your love! Thank you for bringing me salvation—forgiveness through your death and a new life through your Holy Spirit—so that I can live in hope and share it with others!