Truths We Love: Ephesians 2:10
Recently, I've been really encouraged by this verse in Ephesians that reminds us of our Creator and his glorious ability to plan ahead...
First of all, I couldn’t ever be a ‘Good Christian’ - even if I lived at Church, fasted from anything that wasn’t a Manna alternative, and only listened to Rend Collective. If I never messed up, got angry, felt guilty, felt compassionate (but needed compassion) I wouldn’t be human, for that is the nature of the human condition.
So if you’re often left thinking, like me, that you feel like a bit of a train-wreck so far, just remember –
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Ephesians 2:10
I love this verse! As a result of our salvation through Jesus, we are enabled to do good works. If you like lists – God, in his sovereign purpose, has an amazing list of things coming up for you in your life. I wonder what that might look like?
Think of the trajectory that the Holy Spirit could have if you let Him in - if you really, truly let the Spirit take over your life and change you for the better; day by day, from the inside out. I mean, what a business plan!
Our God is one of divine simplicity and eternal and necessary existence. Let Him in.
Rosie is in her first year of Hills Road in Cambridge. She loves malt loaf, laughing, God's grace, new socks and is nearly always found dancing. She can't wait for all God has to show her this year!
- What things do you get hung up on doing/being/feeling to try and be a ‘good Christian’? Do you think these things sometimes interrupt or slow down the trajectory of the holy spirit in your life? If so, how?
- What do you think the impact of being ‘God’s handiwork’ has on your life?
- Do you ever feel weighed down by the all the possibilities and options for your life? Steve Jobs, once said that “if you make too many decisions in too short a time frame, you significantly reduce your decision-making ability” and that led him to wearing the same outfit every day. This goes for the hundreds of big and small decisions we make all the time!
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul reminds us that we are created in Jesus to follow the path of goodness he has trodden ahead of us. Therefore, we don’t need to worry or feel overwhelmed (Matthew 6:25-34) but can be confident in our identity as daughters of Christ and go forward to do the good work God has prepared for us!
- ‘Just Do Something’ by Kevin DeYoung is a great and really easy to read book that talks further on ‘decision paralysis’
Lord thank you that you have given each and every one of us true freedom through Jesus. Pray that we don’t feel overwhelmed by each twist and turn of our lives but to trust you knowing that we are made lovingly in your image and that you have such deeply rich and good plans for our lives.