Key Verse: 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
In the 2nd chapter of Ephesians Paul explains God’s grace and plan for us. Paul reminds us that we were dead, living to gratify ourselves, lost in our transgressions and sin. We deserved the full force of God’s wrath. But God loved us so much He decided instead to give us new life through Jesus. Paul emphasizes that we have been saved only by the grace of God and not by anything we have done to deserve it.
Then he comes to verse 10.
He shows us we are not off the hook.
We’ve been saved for a purpose.
There is still work to do.
This is where God’s grace becomes our grateful action.
The action does not make me any more valuable to God because I already am who I am to God. He saw whatever value there was in me while I was sinning and saved me while I was still in that state.
No. The action that takes place, the good works that I do, the ones God created in advance for me to do, those only bring more glory to Him.
He created me.
He created the work.
He receives the glory for both.
Father in Heaven, thank you for your amazing grace. Thank you for finding value in me, even though I was still lost in sin, and rescuing me from death. Thank you for the wonderful new life you have given me through Jesus. Father, I pray that I would do the work you have created me to do and that I would do it well and that You would be greatly glorified by it. I pray that as I do these things you have prepared that I would remember to do them wholeheartedly, serving and caring for others as though I was serving and caring for You. Thank You for the gift of good works. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.