Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I was created for good works

Created for Good Works was a working title when I first put this blog together. I did not mean for it to be permanent; I thought it would be hard to live up to this title, and feared others might think I thought more highly of myself than I ought. But the more I looked at the title, the more I liked it. As I put words out there for friends and strangers to see, I want to remind myself that even my words are supposed to be good works.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 8-10 NASB
In the passage of Ephesians preceeding this, the Apostle Paul tells the Ephesians and us that God set His love on us, that He reached out through Christ's sacrifice (his very blood!) to draw us to Him. Then in this little section, he tells us that we were created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them... The rest of Ephesians fleshes out these truths - God's love for us, who we are in Christ, how we ought to behave as Christians.

I'm going to read Ephesians two or three times over the next few days. I'll read it once fast, to get the big picture, then I will read it again at the savor pace. I want to remind myself of Who I belong to and how I ought to live. God is creative; He created me; I am created in His image; therefore, I am creative. This blog is a creation for me. It had better be a "good work."


crispy said...

I studied the book of Ephesians this past summer and into the fall and it was such a blessing.

On Sunday, the church we visited, there was a lady who quoted the book of Ephesians all 6 chapters from memory. It was amazing.

K-Sue said...

That is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I noticed the format for leaving comments is a little different on your blog than on the others that I have been "forced" to only be a "lurker" on, so thought I'd try to leave a comment and see what happens...Anyway, I really enjoyed this post. Are you by any chance an "Insight for Living" listener? I just recently heard Chuck Swindoll challenge listeners to read the book of Ephesians every day for a week. Good advice!


K-Sue said...

Cool! Keisuzi is no longer a lurker! I really like "Insight for Living," but don't often catch the show anymore. I did not hear the challenge you refer to. Thanks for tuning in.

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