by Pastor Mark Jordan
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
I love today’s verse! It reminds me that God made me special and unique with a purpose to do good for him in Jesus’ name. Do you find the good news in that? I think it is very important to remember that the same God who spun the universe into motion, creating all of the beautiful and amazing things seen and unseen, is the same one who took his divine hand to make you who you are. When you accept his offer of salvation and Jesus Christ as his one and only son, then you begin a brand new journey of serving, sharing, and shining the light and love of God.
There is an important caveat here, though. You are not saved by your good works. You are saved by grace. You are saved by the love of God in Jesus and the Lord’s desire for you to be with him in glory for eternity. It is easy to slip into the pattern of believing that we are saved by our good works. You aren’t. You are saved through your faith in Jesus. Your good works and deeds do have value, though…you are to use them to point people to the goodness of God. So may your good deeds be God’s masterpiece and evidence of your faith in the One who made you as his own to help the world know of God’s love.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making me special and unique…your masterpiece do do good things in order to point people to you. Forgive me the times I think I am saved by my good deeds, or even worse, use them to point people to me and not you. Help me to behave as I believe, with the faith, hope, and love of Jesus at the center of who I am. I ask this in his holy name. Amen.