For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Created by God for His glory, we stand on display. We are recognized as God’s workmanship. “Workmanship” is not just a result of effort or works. It is a result of artistic skill and craftsmanship. If we could earn salvation by our own good works, we would not be a work of God but a work of our own selves. We were created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God determined before we were ever born.
You are the unique creation of the God Of Wonders—Wow! Let that sink in for a moment. More than that, I encourage you to repeat this statement out loud. Yes, if you are reading this in a coffee shop, go for it! Stand up on the table and let it fly! That is how powerful this thought is: God handcrafted YOU for a purpose.
Now GO for it; say these words out loud, and let every word sink in:
“I _______________________ am the unique creation of The God Of Wonders. I _______________________________ am full of the Wonder Of God!”
Okay. Now you can sit down....unless others are joining in; then keep it going.
A few questions to think about:
• Why am I living?
• What am I living for?
• Do you have any idea how many good works God has prepared for you?
• Will my good works glorify me or God?
I think Mother Teresa had a real grip on what this verse meant when she said, “We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending Love Letters to the world.”
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You have prepared beforehand good works for me to do. Help me to see these opportunities and trust You for the outcome.
Over the next 10 days, you will be receiving the devotionals that the pastors of Brookwood Church have prepared for ServeFest 2010. ServeFest is a community outreach that will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010 in Greenville County, South Carolina. If you would like to participate in ServeFest, register here: brookwoodchurch.org/servefest
The devotionals following the Beatitudes series will resume on November 24, 2010.