Ephesians 2:9-10 —— not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
We don’t obtain anything from God by working for it. We deserve nothing but judgment at His hand. If He gave us what we deserve, we would all end up in hell. No, we receive His grace, His mercy, His love. But these result in good works. That is the point. They are designed to produce good works. It is a marvellous manifestation of God’s ability.
The word “workmanship” really means “masterpiece”. We are his masterpiece. God is working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of His wisdom, His power, His love, His life, His character, His peace, and His joy. He is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing a marvellous masterpiece to be put on display. This is to result in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another, meeting one another’s needs. All we need to do is hear His Word and obey His Word.
God has prepared these works beforehand.
Do you have any idea how many good works God has prepared for you? They are waiting for you to enter into as you walk in faith and trust and dependence upon Christ. The situations are there, ready and waiting for you to step into. This is what God has called you to. As you step out in faith, you become a vivid display of the greatness and the glory of God.
Prayer: – Thank You, Father, that You have prepared beforehand good works for me to walk in. Grant that I might see these opportunities and take full advantage of them in the power of your Spirit.
Before we step out from home, we usually think about how we look. Do we also think about God’s plan for us today? How He is going to display Himself through us today?
Many of us are so busy living that we forget what we are living for. When things are going well, the absence of purpose does not to matter. We are distracted by the way our immediate impulses are being gratified. We sit down at a restaurant looking at a menu, watch a new movie or read a magazine. But when life gets difficult or impossible, it is then that we begin to see life different than we thought. It is then that the question of the meaning of life comes into view,
“Why am I living?”
“What am I living for?”
Ephesians 2:9-10, gives us an idea of God’s will and how it relates to our lives and the reason we live.