FOR GOOD WORKS

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)

God has a definite design in mind for His people — He wants us to be like Jesus Christ — “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). Throughout our lives, we are being fashioned and molded to become more and more like Jesus. This is a long process. We are works in progress. God has taken hold of us and He is fashioning us — “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

The product of God’s work in us is “good works.” These good works are a fruit of the work that God is doing within us. What are these good works? First, we are called to be holy people — “that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4). The Bible is clear that we are to be different from others. We are to be like Christ. Holy means that we have been set apart for God’s service. Our primary calling is to worship and serve Him.

Second, good works also mean service to one another. These good works are proof of our faith — “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Take a moment and read James 2:14-17. James tells us that these good works involve action. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we have opportunities to serve others.

Third, the good works mean obedience to God’s will. We obey because we love Him — “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Obedience is a sign of our love for Christ — “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (I John 5:3). God has revealed His will in the Bible. We are called to be obedient to the teachings of Scripture.

We are responsible to walk in these good works. They should be a part of our everyday living. They should happen because we are serious about our walk with God.

Consider these questions: Do you sense God’s work in your life? Are you aware that God has taken hold of you? Is your life different now than it was in the past? Out of love for God, are you serious about being obedient to Him? Are you walking in good works? All of those are evidences of salvation. Remember that you are a work in progress. God has not finished with you yet!

Lord Jesus, I love You dearly. I desire to honor You with my life. I know that You have called me to serve You and others. You have prepared good works for me to do. Let them be a part of my everyday life. By Your Spirit enable me to be obedient to Your will and purpose. I cannot do this in my own strength, but I have You living in me and the life I now live I live by faith in You.

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