by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.” (Ephesians 2:10, CEB)
What is your favorite achievement or accomplishment? Is it a medal, trophy, certificate, or diploma? Think about the practice and preparation that went into reaching that accomplishment. You put your entire self into it, and cherish the prize. It then becomes part of your story, because of your pride and joy. You look for ways to share it and proclaim it.
Now think about this. You are Jesus’ accomplishment. You are! As He died on the cross to save you from your sin, you became the recognition of the hard work He did on your behalf. The time of preaching and service before the cross was to help prepare everyone for the glory that was to come. So now, your very life is a sign and symbol of Jesus’ accomplishment on the cross. Yes, sharing it can be scary, but there can be no accomplishment without risk. God risked it when He sent Jesus. Jesus risked it when He went to the cross. You risk it when you proclaim God to others. But here is some good news: God did the work, and it’s already done!
You might remember that Jesus’ last words from the cross were, “It is finished.” That also could be interpreted as, “It is accomplished.” He was referring to His mission to bring people back to God, by removing the sting of sin and separation of the grave. Jesus’ accomplishment is now a living, breathing, moving thing — YOU! Your life reveals God’s love and mercy. Your life of hope and faith shows Jesus’ accomplishment. Yes, it might be finished, but this gives you a brand new start. Begin it within your life. Today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing me how I am your accomplishment. Forgive me for the times I hide that from others as opposed to displaying it for all to see. Help me to use my life so all may see the glory that is you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.