GOD’S WORK IN US

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 workmanship.  He is at work in our lives and He will complete His work in us.  As long as we are on this earth, God is at work in us.  He is the potter and we are the clay (Isaiah 64:8).  What is the work that God is doing in us?

First, it is the Holy Spirit in us who convicts us of sin.  One of the first things we become conscious of when God begins His work in us is our sinfulness and our unworthiness.  Our eyes are opened to see the holiness of God and when we do, we see how unholy we are.  When Isaiah was given a vision of the holiness of God (Isaiah 6:1-4), he said, “Woe is me!  For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5).  We can never appreciate the good news of God’s grace until we first recognize the bad news — that we are a sinful and undeserving people.

God also enlightens our minds to see His truth.  Suddenly we begin to grasp things we may have heard but did not really understand.  This is God’s Spirit at work in us — opening our minds to understand spiritual realities.  The Bible becomes alive to us.  Spiritual truths begin to make sense and our minds are renewed.

As our minds are being renewed by the Holy Spirit, we become aware of the new nature we have been given.  We find that we are different.  We have a new outlook (Philippians 3:4-11), new desires (Philippians 3:14) and new powers (Galatians 2:20).  We are given the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) that leads us to a life of humility and service.

This work God does in us is a life-long process.  God is taking hold of us; He is fashioning us; and He is going to keep on working in us until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

O Spirit of the living God, thank You that You are at work in me.  You convict me of my sins; you enlighten my mind to spiritual truth; and You make me aware of the fact that I am a new creature in Christ Jesus.

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