December 16: Ephesians 1-6
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-10, ESV
Perhaps because Paul's ministry was mostly to Gentiles, he gives us such a clear understanding of who we are in Christ. We learn four things from verse 10, shown above.
* We are God's workmanship.
* We are created in Christ for good works.
* God prepared everything beforehand.
* We should walk in obedience to Him.
What do a potter, an artist, a carpenter, and a factory worker have in common? If they are good at what they do, it is because they take pride in their workmanship. In the same way, children of God show forth His workmanship; everything they do reflects upon the work of God. As we are told elsewhere, we are not our own for we were bought with a price--and what a price it was!
Not only are we His workmanship, but we were created to perform good works for Christ. As Christians, we are not to continue walking as children of the world enslaved by sin. By the grace of God, we are to put off the deeds of darkness, and walk within the Light of God's Word.
Is this impossible for us to perform? Quite frankly, yes! But, God who is rich in mercy has prepared everything in advance for us. In Him and through His power alone, we are able to live for His glory. Everything we need, our personality, our gifts, our strengths, and even our weaknesses are all there to show forth the glory of God.
So, do we have a valid excuse, as Christians, to not serve Him? No way! From the moment of salvation, our life has changed forever.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
By God's grace alone we have been saved, by God's grace alone we are His workmanship, by God's grace alone we were created for good works, by God's grace alone He has prepared everything for us beforehand, and by God's grace alone we should walk in obedience to Him.
God Bless You,