June 9th-Good Things
Ephesians 2.8-10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,”
Focus Verse-Ephesians 2.10
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Insight-What does it really mean to accept God’s gift of salvation? It seems like it is so easy to buy into the idea that salvation is an end, but according to these verses, receiving the gift of salvation is just the beginning. Paul refers to us as God’s “workmanship” the Greek word used here is ‘poiema’, which we get the word poem from. It carries the idea of something that is in the process of being made. Even the word here for ‘created’ gives the sense of something being in the process of transformation. This is an exciting thought, to think that God is transforming us into something new, into who He knows we really are, but there is more to it!
God is transforming us for a purpose beyond just being new, but to do “good things” that He planned for us to do long ago. We are being remade for those good things and the good things are made for us-but what does all this mean. In the Jewish culture, they have a word for these “good things”-‘mitzvot’. They had this sense that when sin entered into creation, that all of creation was broken into millions and millions of pieces. When God called them to be His people, He called them to be a blessing to the nations, to join Him in putting the pieces back together. In order to give them direction, God gave them 623 commands, or mitzvot. Thus, Jewish rabbi’s taught that rather than the commands being a burden, that every time you enact a mitzvot, you put one of the pieces back where it belongs. This seems to be the same idea here in Ephesians 2.10. God is transforming us to be who we were truly created to be and to join Him in restoring the world.
The amazing thing is how it all works together. That joining God in doing these good things actually becomes a way that God transforms us and reminds us that this restoration is not because of how great we are, but because of how great He is!
Response and Action-Today, I will engage God in His transforming work in my life. I will look for the opportunities that He has planned all around me to do good things that bring His light into the dark places and I will embrace those opportunities.
God, thank you for starting Your transformation in me. It has nothing to do with me and everything to do with You. Help me to experience the joy of Your restoration by joining You in the restorative work that You are doing. Amen.