Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Daily Opportunities

Over the course of the first year of Faith Bible Church (we turn 8 this September!), our Core Groups (small group ministry) studied the book of Ephesians.  I chose it because it's as thorough a picture of what it's like to, "do," church together as I think you'll find in the Bible.  The result was that a love affair with Ephesians began in my life that has not waned in the years since.

2:10 has intrigued me, honestly, since the first time I read it, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."  What does this mean?

The late Harold Hoehner wrote a commentary on Ephesians, aptly titled, "Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary."  He said that, "workmanship," was used in classical Greek to describe a craftsman who took time and care to construct a crown.  We are literally works of God, new creations in Christ, having been fashioned in the same manner as the universe itself.  God did this for a reason that benefits but is not limited to us.

Much like a cooking class where the ingredients are waiting for your arrival, God has prepared good works for you.  He wants to work through you, with you, and in you. 

Pray for eyes to see what those might be.  Where will you have an opportunity to serve, to encourage?  Where will you have an opportunity to love someone for the sake of Christ or to engage in a spiritual conversation with someone who doesn't believe or who is in need of understanding.  There may also be an opportunity to invite someone to church.

By grace you have been saved through faith.  Pass on the hope that is within you.  God loves you more than words can ever express.  He wants you to see the joy that's found in helping someone else discover that truth.  You'll be surprised to see how God responds when you ask Him to show you what He's been preparing to do through you before the foundation of the world.

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