HIS WORKMANSHIP

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:8-10

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

We are God’s handiwork!  This is an amazing statement.  Our lives are being fashioned by God Himself.  It is God who is the workman.  He is the potter and we are the clay — “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are clay, and You are our potter, we are all the work of Your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).  The imagery is very clear.  Like an accomplished potter, God takes a lump of clay and carefully fashions a beautiful work of art from it.  That is what He is doing with us.  He is molding and making us more and more into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).

But notice that Paul says we are “created IN CHRIST JESUS for good works.”  Remember what God has done for us — He has made us alive with Christ and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places (vs. 4-6).  God makes us Christians by applying to us what Hs been done in Christ.  Now God is forming Christ in us.  God works in us and makes us Christians and fashions us into the image of His Son, primarily by the work of the Holy Spirit.

God uses many means to grow us into greater Christlikeness.  He uses the Scriptures — “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  The Bible is our instruction book.  It tells us how God wants us to live and what He wants us to be like.  The Scriptures are our only infallible rule of faith and practice.

God uses prayer, worship, and the sacraments to form us.  He uses other Christians who help shape our Christian lives.  And He uses difficulties and hard circumstances to mold us.  “In this rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith — more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:6-7).

There are many other means God’s uses.  The point is that He is at work in our lives as a workman.  “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Gracious God, thank You for the sanctifying work You are doing in my life.  Thank You that You are the workman, the potter, and that I am the clay.  I know that I am a work in progress; You have not finished with me yet!

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