Made to do Good Works

God spoke to me recently concerning what I should be doing with my life. This wasn’t a direct calling, but serves as motivation to help me through this rough time. Ephesians 2:10 reads: ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’. It occurs to me that I was not made to live a normal life where I make money to make ends meat, and just get by happily. A Christian is made in Christ Jesus to do good works. Now what those good works are will vary from person to person, but I am sure that staying inside, moping and playing too many video games is not the good works I have been called to do.

Jesus is with us always (Matthew 28:20), he will never abandon us. It is true however, that we do not acknowledge that he is there. Sometimes we forget, or fall victim to thoughts that tell us he isn’t listening. There are not many things a person can be certain of, but of the few, the fact that God is with us is certainly one of the most important. ‘But I’m trying to do the good works I just seem to fail’, is a complaint I hear myself make. What I can forget however is that it isn’t about me, or how hard I try, but instead I should rest on the knowledge ‘that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6). Jesus began the good works, he prepared them in advance for us, he will see them through to completion, he will provide the means, we just have to be ready to respond to the call and know that with him we are useful. 

God bless you and keep you always.

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