Created For Good Works
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
When I was in secondary school, one of the mandatory subjects for the first two years was Design and Technology. Part of the assessment included creating a bookend. It involved designing the shape, sawing the metal plate into the desired shape, drilling holes in the appropriate spots, smoothen the edges and lastly painting the final product. The moment the bookend was ready, I couldn’t help but to feel so proud of my masterpiece and couldn’t wait to put it to good use.
This experience gave me a glimpse of God the Father who created us. We are called His workmanship, His handicraft and His masterpiece. Typically, when the artist or craftsman creates a masterpiece, only the product that meets the expectation will remain. Otherwise, it would have to go through a series of revamp or it would be remoulded or even discarded. As for us, whom God has created, we are wonderfully and beautifully made.
It is in Christ that we are created! From 2 Corinthians 5:17 we know that, “… if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” In Christ, we are His new creation. We are created in the image of God – that is our identity. In all our ways, behaviors and thoughts, we ought to emulate Christ. In order to be Christ-like, it is very important that we read the Word and let the Word of God renew our mind. Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Therefore we are created to follow Christ, and not the ways of the world.
Ephesians 2:10 continues to show us the purpose that we are created. It is “for good works”. There are two thoughts that come to mind with regards to “good works”.
Firstly, contrary to the worldly belief, good works don’t earn us our Salvation. Instead, good works are the consequence of our Salvation. This is because in Ephesians 2:8-9, we learn that “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast”. We have been saved by grace and through faith. This grace from God is an unmerited favor given to us, even though we do not deserve it. As creations of God, our role is to receive this salvation. We do not do good works in order for God to give us this salvation. Every time I think of this truth, my heart will be filled with so much thanksgiving for God. Praise God for His great mercy and grace!
The next aspect of “good works” is equally important as the first. We hear of brothers and sisters in Christ who sometimes experience burnout in their serving. I believe one of the reasons could be because they are focused on doing the good works for God. The key word here is FOR God. When we serve God with this mentality, we are then trying to use our own strength to serve Him and do the good works. But our human strength is so limited. No wonder, burnout or exhaustion would occur. We ought to operate from the understanding that God does the good work through us when we avail ourselves to Him in faith and obedience. Our role is merely to be God’s vessel in which His power and authority are manifested.
Having these in mind, what are the good works that God is calling you to do in your family, in church and in your social circle? Are you willing to be the vessel who takes the step of faith and obedience? Pause for a few moments and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you the good works which you have been created for. All of us are called for a purpose to function in the body of Christ. Just as the body has many parts, each of us is a part of the body of Christ and needs to do its due role. This is so that the body can function optimally and grow healthily.
Join me in this prayer.
“Praise You Lord! Thank You for creating me and calling me Your masterpiece. Thank You for Your grace and love that You have created me in Christ Jesus for good works. Reveal to me the good works that You have purposed for me. I avail and surrender my life to You as a willing and obedient vessel for Your use. I take the step of faith and a commitment of obedience, so as to grow Your Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. Thank You Lord for everything! I pray all these in Jesus’ powerful Name. AMEN!