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
I am reminded of Jeremiah 1:5…
Before I formed you I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart.
This just shows us how we were created. In Genesis 1:26-28 God said, “Let us make man in Our image and Our likeness…” You will notice God was giving power to man to have dominion over things and what distracted is the sinful nature of man. However God’s compassionate love gave us Christ Jesus in Whom we are born again. Now that we are born again, what is required of us?
1. Go back to the drawing board and see the purpose of God over our lives
2. Appreciate God for giving us the second chance
3. Fulfil the call that we have without murmuring or blabbing
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.
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Dear Lord, we thank You for You knew us for all times. We thank You for You predestined us and You knew our roles on earth for each one of us. May we come to a full understanding of the good works that we are to do. Use us to the maximum and all to the glory of your Holy Name. Open our eyes of understanding to see the best inside us and how we should take action. On our own we can hardly manage; we need the Holy Spirit—Christ in us—for this to be undertaken. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.