40 Days with God: Day 11 – We are Christ Handiwork
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DAY 11 We are Christ's Handiwork
This one hit me kind of deep. It speaks on humility and keeps things real when it comes to us and God. A reminder that we are nothing without him and even when we think we are doing something for God, we are simply doing his bidding. I guess it puts things in a bit of perspective on our view of the world.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that in one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Think about that first part. “When we were dead in transgressions. ” God made us alive with Christ. Before we knew God, before we even cared about him. Heck before any of us or our great great grandparents even existed, he sent his son to die for our sins and show mercy on us. Before we even committed the sins of our lives, He already payed the price. This great show of love standing as a symbol for all of us to see his grace and love for us. Now, in our own arrogance, we do a good work / deed for God, and many expect or even call for recognition and reward. “God, I feed these homeless people and volunteered at the charity store, now grant me these requests.” No sorry does not work that way. That is why we are here. To do God’s will and be his blessings to others. Not for us to get cookie points with God. This is where the last verse hit me in the teeth. Read this again and then think about it.
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
So, thinking on that, it seems we should really be thanking God (as if we don’t have enough to thank him for) that he prepared and gave us the opportunity to do his will by doing a good work in his name and to his glory. He had to place us in the position to fulfill the need and really allow the need to be there that we could fulfill it. He had to give us the ability to fulfill it as well as the willingness to do something when confronted by it. Basically a lot of things had to come to pass beforehand for us to even have the opportunity to do a good work. We should thank God for the chance to do something to honor and glorify him. Without him, we can do nothing. So how can we do good works without him first putting the wheels in motion? Thank you Lord for any opportunity I may ever get to do something to glorify you, and I pray you help me to remember that even then, it is you working through me because in and of myself without you, am nothing.
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