“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
For We are His Workmanship
The “we” is collective, meaning more than one of us individually. Remember, all believers are one body, the church. Together we are His workmanship. Isn’t it encouraging knowing we are part of something bigger and grander than just our self? Knowing that each part within a body has a certain function and only when each part carries out their function, does the body work as intended by design.
Created in Christ Jesus
We started to become His workmanship the moment we trusted in Jesus Christ and received His gift of salvation. We are a new creation in Christ. Jesus alone does the building of the body. He calls them to Himself and fits them in the proper place within the body. His Spirit distributes gifts, talents, and abilities appropriate for their purpose within the body. We can not say “I am the eye” or “I am the hand”, for it is Jesus who decides what our function is to be.
For Good Works
There is a reason and purpose behind being His workmanship. It is not to simply show off how awesome God is, although that’s part of it. God always has a purpose. We are hand-crafted by the God of the universe to do good works. How do we know what’s good to do? Here are a few questions to consider:
- Does what you say encourage and build up someone’s faith?
- Is your service done as though it is done for the Lord?
- Is your act of giving helping expand the kingdom of God?
- Are you caring for widows, orphans, oppressed, discouraged, and diseased or the poor?
- Are you using your spiritual gifts?
If we answer yes to any of these, chances are we are doing good works. Certainly, this is not an exhaustive list of all the ways to tell if we are doing good works, but it should help us stay on track with God’s plan.
Which God Prepared Before Hand
God who created us and knows all things past, present and future has prepared the specific good works He wants us to carry out. He has everything planned and worked out. He even has His back up plans in place. He is in complete control. He has given us certain spiritual gifts such as pastering, teaching, speaking in tongues, encouraging, hospitability and generosity with an expectation these will be used for His glory.
That We Should Walk in Them
Every spiritual gift given to us is for the purpose of operating in those gifts. We are called to use the gifts. Think about when you have given a gift to someone. Did you expect them to open the gift and use it? Of course you did. No one would give a gift that just sat there without ever being opened. We give gifts to be used and appreciated. The same holds true for spiritual gifts. It is in our using our God-given gifts God’s workmanship is demonstrated and His kingdom is expanded.
Lord thank you for your clarifying word. Thank you for the spiritual gifts you’ve given us. Enable us to recognize those gifts and to use them for your glory. May we be empowered by the knowledge of your complete control and carry out the good works you prepare for us. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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