But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us … made us alive together with Christ. Ephesians 2:4-5
Most everyone is familiar with the expression, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” It means we have become so focused on the details of a project that we have lost sight of the big picture. At such times, it is helpful to step back from “the trees” and remind ourselves of what “the forest” is like.
Here is the Christian Big Picture: We were dead in sin; we were without hope; we were without God in the world. Even though we were dead, we have been made alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5). A cemetery is a picture of humanity apart from God—no life and no hope. That’s the big picture. It was God’s love “with which He loved us” that “made us alive together with Christ.”
There are many people physically alive today who are without God and without hope in this world. Consider ways to give them hope during this “month of love”—a gift, an encouraging word, an act of service, or the Gospel. Because of your love, you might see them come alive in Christ.
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. John Calvin