Friday, February 3, 2012

Ephesians 2:10

Eph. 2:10 (ESV) - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We are His workmanship both in the fact that he created all living things and in the truth that He transforms true believers. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17). His primary intent is that we would no longer be conformed to our former passions but would be holy, even as He is holy (2 Peter 1:14-16).

One of my 2 year old’s favorite songs is “This Little Light of Mine.” How often do I hide my “light” under a bushel when it isn’t convenient? How often do I forget to guard it against Satan’s attempts to blow it out? Our primary purpose is to glorify Him, and I want to let my light shine brightly until Jesus comes.

As the body of Christ we should certainly be doing more to do His works and glorify Him. I often think that with the number of professing Christians in America there should be no hunger, no children waiting for adoption, and no one without medical care. I imagine that we are all too often walking through our lives without being attuned to the good works he has prepared for us. What blessings we miss!

The previous verses teach that works do not justify, but this one is equally clear that the justified must work! We do not do good works for Him; instead he does good works through us as we walk in accordance with His will. When we show the love of God in the world, our faith is made visible to a watching world.

God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. – John Henry Newman

I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working. – James Hudson Taylor

1 comment:

  1. I like it A LOT! We Christians need this reminder daily!!!!