created to do good works

Read Ephesians 2:4-10.

Paul, as every Christian should, simply revels in the thought that God could love him so!  He is keenly aware that his rescue from spiritual death was anything but something he earned, rather, it was “the gift of God.” Neither was it something he deserved; he was rescued because God was “rich in mercy” toward him. Only because of God’s great goodness (“the riches of his grace”), remarkable “kindness” and “great love for us” did Paul – or do any of us – have any eternal connection with Maker.

But Paul was also quite aware of the fact – as should be every Christian – that this is only the start of the story. The rest of the story continues in our lives each day:

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (vs.10)

You and I as Christians have been rescued by God for a reason and that reason, quite simply, is that God wants us to live up to what we were designed to do in the first place – to do good as He and His Son do.

It is easy to revel in our spirit with wonder over His rescue of us. We must not ever lose sight of the debt we owed to God that God Himself paid for us. But it is another thing entirely to express our gratitude and praise to Him with our actions, our doings each day. That is what we were made for, why we were rescued and the reason we remain here now.

Heavenly Father, in the name of Christ Jesus, give me this grace today, to thank you for your mercy with all of my mind and every movement. Help me to live up to your purpose in making me to begin with, to do as You do. Amen.


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