Back in the good ol’ days, we did what ever we wanted. We followed our own desires. However, as it turns out, those days were not really good because they did not bring what is good to us. Those days were self-serving sinful days and what they brought to us was death.
Who rescued us from this lifestyle of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom 7:25) In rescuing us from our selves and the wages of our sin, God has created His most glorious creation – the church! Father, help us to have the faith to see what you have done for us in Christ Jesus and the good you prepared for us to do, in Jesus name, Amen.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:1-10 NIV).