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)
Paul has been giving us a clear argument that our salvation is entirely by God’s grace. We have no room to boast for God is the One who does the work. Even our faith is a gift from God. Thus, we read, “For we are His workmanship.”
What does this mean? It means that we do not make ourselves Christians. Instead, it means what it says — “We are HIS workmanship.” It is God who is the workman. One of the best illustrations in Scripture to explain this is the picture of God as potter. He takes a lump of clay (us) and begins to work on it. He rounds it out, forms it, and makes a vessel from it — “Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are the work of Your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). The work is God’s, not ours. He is the workman, the artist, who is producing a piece of work.
How does God do this work? He does it first and foremost through Jesus Christ. We were made alive in Him, raised with Him, and seated with Him in the heavenly places. In other words, God makes us Christians by applying to us what He has done in Christ. We receive the benefit of His death — payment for sin. We receive the benefit of His life — His resurrection, His teachings, His love. Jesus Christ did for us what we could not do ourselves.
God uses several means to shape us and mold us. We have His Spirit living in us to apply the work of Christ to us. The Spirit changes us from the inside out. God also uses the Scripture. The Bible is God’s instruction book. It tells us how God wants us to live. He also uses Christian community in which we are able to work out the implications of the gospel together.
What is the work God does in us? He convicts us of sin and of our need for a Savior. He enlightens our hearts and minds to the truth of His Word. He makes us aware of the new nature that is ours upon regeneration. We are His workmanship. He is the potter and we are the clay.
Lord God, I know that You have taken hold of me. I am a work in progress. You will complete that work and prepare me for eternity. Let me be sensitive to the work You are doing in me. Enable me to yield to Your Spirit and hear His still, small voice. I have a long way to go, but my desire is to be conformed more and more into the image of Your Son.
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