Do you have a summer project list? Some friends are cleaning out closets, organizing the kids’ toys, painting the front porch, and creating a new patio. Projects require our attention and focus. We are able to use our gifts, talents, and creativity as we work to complete our project. It is gratifying to sit back and admire the workmanship in the final product. Perhaps you can relate to the satisfaction of a job well done.
The book of Ephesians reminds us that we have a great inheritance and abundant riches through Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul reinforces the truth that we have been chosen according to His will and purpose (1:5-10). God loved us, poured out His mercy to make us alive, and showed His grace to us in Christ Jesus (2:4-8). We are His chosen ones and our loving Father is working with extraordinary skill to conform us to the image of Jesus.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10
Because we are his workmanship, God is mindful of each of us. The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary – Online Edition gives this definition for the word, masterpiece: “anything done or made with superior or extraordinary skill.” We know that God is aware of each person and every detail of our lives.
Our reading schedule includes Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians for this month. Paul writes about God’s “good work” in all three of these books. This is a thread of detail I recently noticed and it has caused me to pause and ponder a bit.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” ~Philippians 1:6
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” ~Philippians 2:13
“So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” ~Colossians 1:10
Salvation is an important part of God’s plan – to redeem the lost ones and bring them into the family of God. But He wants us to pursue good works, to grow in holiness, put off the old and put on the new, and to bear fruit for His glory.
As you read these three books, look for words, phrases, and verses that point to God’s work in the heart and life of people. Thank the Lord for the work He has already completed in your life. Seek His direction and insight for areas in your life that you need to submit to His refining work.