Ephesians 2 • Day 170 of 260 • #NTin2018
With the words, “Let there be…”, God creates the world and declares, “It is good.”
With His hands, God creates man in His image and His likeness.
With His breath, life flows through the first human body. And God declares, “It is VERY good.”
It is very good. You are very good. You are made in the image and likeness of God. You are HIS WORKMANSHIP. You are created WITH purpose and FOR purpose.
And in His infinite creativity, He has prepared in advance good works with YOUR NAME on them.
GOD HAS PREPARED these good works beforehand for us. The master creator isn’t finished yet. He has a project He is inviting us to join Him in. He’s been waiting for just this time; waiting for you. And it is good. So good…you have no idea. Your mind could never have dreamed this up.
As independently amazing as we might think we are, God is the creator. On our own we just make a mess. We aren’t different than those first humans who walked with God, but still took the fruit. And just as it is BY GOD’S GRACE THROUGH FAITH ALONE that saves us, it is God who set in motion good works for us to do. The good works don’t save us, instead BECAUSE God saved us and we said, “yes and amen!” we have been given the key to unlocking the good works prepared in advance for us.
Our job? To WALK IN THEM.
The promised land was set apart for the Israelites, but they had to walk in. And just as the Israelites said, “I don’t think so” initially, we often do the same with regard to the incredible plans God has for us. “But God, it is too hard…I’m not qualified…did you see those giant obstacles?...I’m content enough right here; at least I know what to expect here…what if ____ happens?...”
Look around at the beauty, order, purpose of all creation. Designed in it all are some pretty incredible plans and purposes for us that have been prepared since the beginning…for such a time as this and such a person as us. Let’s walk into them with confidence in and power from the master Creator.
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