In school, we’re told that passing off someone else’s work as our own is wrong. Most of the time, if a teacher finds out that we’ve plagiarized, we’re punished. But in this passage of Ephesians, we are wonderfully and freely given the grace of God. When God sees us, He sees the sacrifice of Jesus, and the sins of our life are forgiven. On judgment day, we will no longer be submitting our own sin-filled life for God’s inspection. We are told in verse 13 that we are instead marked by a seal, the Holy Spirit, and this seal is a sign that Christ’s spotless record, His sinless life, can be submitted as our own. By placing our faith in Him, we can share in the hope and redemption that Jesus brings.
Lord, thank you for blessing me with Your son and adopting me as Your own. Despite my failings, You have brought me into Your family — freely giving me grace in the blood of Jesus. Help me to share Your love and grace with those who don’t yet know You.