For we are His workmanship,
having been created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God has before prepared that we should walk in them.
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This week, here on the Seeking Him devotional blog, our sisters have reminded us that we ARE God’s workmanship, handiwork…truly His masterpiece. Here are a few highlights from the devotionals that Ann, Ahmee, Cynda and Tina wrote earlier this week.
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In Finding Purpose, Ahmee shared her own struggle in the past in finding her own purpose…and coming to realize that we do not have one single purpose in life.
“What is my purpose? This is a question that everyone has to answer. People struggle with answering this question…people die trying to answer this question…people search their whole lifetime trying to answer this question. Some of us start asking this question at a very young age; some have just always known.
So, your purpose? Well, your purpose can be in the moment. Your purpose doesn’t define your worth…your worth is always found in God Himself. Your purpose is simply the role(s) you are in at any given moment. Your attitude during any season determines whether you see yourself in your purpose. Purpose isn’t just a one-time ultimate goal. It shifts. God has “good works” for us. Not just one single work / purpose.
Make sure that you are mindful of your current purpose…and not blinded by your end game goal.”
In Good Works, Ann focused on what are the good works God has created us for. She wrote,
“The anchor Scripture for this week says we were ‘created to do good works.’ What then are the good works, those that God prepared for us to do in advance?
- Matthew 5:16
In the same way let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
- 1 Timothy 6:18
Command them to do good to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.
- Titus 2:7
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity seriousness.
- Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.
- James 2:17
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by good deeds, is dead.
- James 2:18
But someone will say you have faith I have deeds show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith but I do.
Brethren, as we are doing good works it is not unto man but it is unto God (according to the Scriptures). Let us take up this noble call with our whole hearts and pursue the calling.”
In Seond Chances, Tina reminded us of David (a man after God’s own heart) and God’s purposes for him…and us.
“While David was living his life, he did not know what he was going to be or where God would have him. He served God in the areas where he was needed. From being a shepherd in his father Jesse’s household to showing up where his brother’s were serving in the king’s army. I am certain David did not plan on slaying a giant that day! But David did what was asked of him. David was not perfect. But he did do what was required of him to serve God and His people.
Can you and I have a relationship like David did with God? Of course we can. God will always be there for us to call upon Him and for us to talk to Him. All we have to do is trust Him and believe God wants the best for us. Why else would God send His Son Jesus to live among us? Why would God sacrifice his only Son? Because He loves us. As our Father, He disciplines us, loves us, hugs us and holds our hands all throughout our lives. All we have to do is reach for Him.”
And in Living the Good Life, Cynda wrote about the good, blessed life God has prepared for us—truly, a gift!
“When we carry out the good deeds God has predestined for us, it is a way of expressing our gratitude for the good life He has provided for us. In turn, God blesses us even more.
The Lord will open for you His abundant storehouse….
Deuteronomy 28:12 HCSB
I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.
Zephaniah 9:12 NLT
Job was blessed more in the latter part of His life than in the beginning (Job 42:12). As if His abundant gift of mercy and grace wasn’t enough, God chooses to bless us even more. We cannot outdo God. His gifts are never ending!
Why does God give us gifts we could never earn or hope to repay? Because we are His handiwork—His masterpiece —born anew through the death of Christ on the Cross; which is the greatest gift of all. All because God loves each one of us more than we could ever imagine!”