God’s Call to Loving Service Part – 5

Ephesians 2:10 —- For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Many of us would be inclined to answer this question by pointing to specific things we Christians tend to do as an expression of their faith. Good works would include: attending worship services, praying regularly, studying Scripture, giving generously from our financial resources, joining a small group, going on mission trips, caring for the poor, working for justice for the oppressed, loving our neighbours, and so forth. These are surely among the good works God has prepared for us.

But, if we think of good works only in these terms, we miss the extent to which God’s plan for our good works is much broader and deeper.

Therefore, though it’s certainly right for us to give our time to the church and to engage in works of outreach for the sake of the poor, the oppressed, and those who don’t know God’s grace in Christ,¬†Ephesians 2:10 encourages us to learn to see our whole life as an interconnected series of good works offered to God.

This means that our good works can include that which we do at work, in the classroom, on the football field, in our neighbourhood, and in our community associations. If you’re a boss, part of your good works involve the way you manage your employees. If you’re a parent, your good works include making dinner for your children as well as praying with them as you tuck them into bed.

The more we grow in our faith, the more we see ourselves as God’s masterpieces, the more we will indeed do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, by His strength, under His authority, and for His purposes.

Look at your whole life as an offering of good works to God rather than looking at your good works mainly as activities that are obviously religious? Your life will definitely be different if you begin to see your whole life as an offering to God?

GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO WORK FOR HIM, BUT FOR PEOPLE WHO LET HIM WORK MIGHTILY IN AND THROUGH THEM.

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