I Am God’s Workmanship

Daily God Walk for Sunday, October 23, 2011

 We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ-Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

 

I envy people who are creative. My wife gets creative ideas which she puts together as gifts to others and I am amazed at some of the things she comes up with. I watch people with musical instruments create beautiful music and I long to be able to do that. I have a friend who takes discarded tools and farm implements and welds them together making them into amazing pieces of art.

God is just such a creator. He picks up pieces of broken things and puts them together making an entirely new creation fashioned after his own nature and designed to fulfill his purposes in the kingdom. That is what Paul means when he writes, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ-Jesus to do good works.”

In Chapter one of Ephesians Paul speaks of redemption, forgiveness of sins and the riches of his grace which he lavished on those who would believe and become born again. In verse 9 he refers to this as being his good pleasure, “He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.” It is his good pleasure to put together broken pieces and make them over into the image of Christ.

A few years ago I had wonderful picture come into my mind as I was in worship. I saw Jesus in a field of wildflowers. He was jumping and dancing with the most joyful expression on his face. Every few steps he would bend down and pick up something from off the ground and place it in a basket he was holding, then he would laugh hilariously.

I wondered what this meant and I felt the Lord speak to me saying, “He is picking up broken people and putting them back together and that is his joy.” It became clear to me that the joy of the Lord is restoring broken people.

It is God’s good pleasure that the fullness of Christ should dwell in those who were broken but who now are fully restored to the people God intended them to be. We who have become his workmanship are now his glory. We are his joy and his pleasure.

His pleasure and his joy becomes our joy and that joy becomes our strength as we who are his workmanship do the works of the kingdom.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to be worthy to be your joy. Amen.

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