We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Built for Service
Everything has a purpose. Hammers are for pounding nails. Sponges are for cleaning. Books are for reading. These tools work best when you use them for their designed purpose. Cutting an apple with a book cover would not work well. Using a hammer to wash the dishes would not turn out very well for the dishes. You couldn’t get to work trying to drive a sponge. Things are designed for a purpose. If you try to make them do something they are not designed for, you often run into problems.
What is your purpose? As a Christian, the Bible says that you are God’s workmanship, his handiwork. God made you, and in Christ he has given you a purpose—to do good works. These good works are the things done by faith out of love for God and love for others. They can be great deeds like rescuing someone from a burning building, or they can be simple acts of kindness like doing the dishes or being kind to someone who is hurting.
What makes these opportunities to serve by good works so amazing? God prepared them in advance for you to do. He provides you with countless opportunities to show this love to him and to others.
Do you always take those opportunities? Or do you give into the thoughts that they are too much work or you are too busy. Selfishness and self-serving attitudes can come up with countless excuses to not serve God or others. The result of these sins is that you not do what God designed you to do.
And yet, what has God done? By grace, God’s undeserved love, Jesus took your place. He lived perfectly for you and died for all your sins. God forgives you for selfishness and failures to serve. He gives you this gift because of his great love. Moved by his love and forgiveness, savor the opportunities to show love for him by joyfully doing good works in service to him and others. For God has built you for service in Christ Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving me my sins of selfishness and loveless actions. Help me to live in your love, and joyfully serve you and others in all that I think, say, and do. Amen.
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