Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ephesians 4:7-10

7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people." 9 (When it says, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.)

Questions to consider:
  • Where have you seen Christ's grace in your life?
  • How do we see Christ turning the world's understanding of things on its head in these verses?
  • Who is the subject of the ascending and descending going on in these verses? What do you take the "descended into the lower parts of the earth" to mean?
Possibilities for prayer:

We've all seen grace at work in our lives at various points and in various ways. Take a moment to reflect on some of the most memorable moments of grace in your life. whether of a spiritual or physical nature. What happened? Why did you need grace? Who offered the grace to you? The clearest example of grace in our lives is certainly the grace offered us by Christ through his death on the cross. Now take some time to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of that gift of grace in your life, and what it means for your future.