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July 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

What does it mean that you are God’s workmanship and that you’ve been created to do good works? 


For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

 

What does it mean that you are God’s workmanship and that you’ve been created to do good works?  It means that God’s major objective for our life is to be conformed to the image of His Son, our lives should be a reflection of what Christ was all about, serving others.  The reason for living a life of service is not to help God; He would manage perfectly fine without us. We serve to reflect His love.  We have been given a great responsibility and it is important we steward this influence well by becoming servants.  Someone who is active in service has a shared sense of success and failure. The thrills are to be celebrated, but the obstacles are to be faced head on. Someone who is active in service has a mindset that they are ready to roll up their sleeves and become part of the solution. They look for ways to give and not get.

 

God stretches us, teaches us and reveals more of His character when we serve. The depth many crave in their walk with Him develops, as their heart slowly becomes His own in the midst of service. This takes place by following a simple command: love God and love others.  Don’t let excuses and fear prevent you from jumping in.  Don’t wait till you feel like serving to serve.  Taking those first tentative steps towards service is one way you exercise your faith. You might be unsure and wonder how God will use your part to make a difference in the life of another. Yet, through that act of faith, you are placing yourself in an environment where God can stretch you and develop your character.  You don’t gain an understanding of what faith is without acting upon it.

 

Acting on your faith is what builds your faith. Your single, simple step of faith becomes a part of the river of God’s work that brings about God’s kingdom here on Earth. When Jesus prays for more workers  in Matthew 9:35-38, in essence, He is praying that people would respond to the invitation to “jump in.” Why? Because the fields are ripe for harvest.  Look around at the people who are in your sphere of influence: family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends from the gym, etc. They are waiting for someone to walk beside them and introduce them to the amazing love of a Savior.  This is the field you are in charge of cultivating.

 

These people are desperately searching to find significance and meaning for their lives. They are waiting for someone to walk beside them and introduce them to the amazing love of a Savior. God has given each person all the equipment they need gifts, talents, passions for the leap of a lifetime.

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, may I lay the excuses aside and not let fear, inconvenience or doubt get the better of me. Lord instead, may I take those tentative first steps into service.  Jesus help me to trust that my faith will be stretched as a result of that step. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.  


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