NRSV Ephesians 2:10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
• God has created you in the likeness of perfection to insure you will be of value and succeed.
• He’s trusted you with abilities and talents unique to you.
• Your whole way of life is the inspired field of operation God has prepared for your good works.
Do you believe that?
Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t it sometimes seem the entirety of life from birth to death is graded on some sort of curve that eats away at the joy of “doing” because of the aspiration to be of value and succeed? There are certainly times when that aspiration has negatively dictated my choice of whether to proceed in what I was doing. I’m still learning the reality of good works and doing everything “heartily as unto the Lord.” Sometimes you succeed beyond your wildest dreams…and that’s a blessing. But, sometimes you fail so “heartily” you’ll never be asked to do that again…and that’s a blessing too. 😍.
I’ve owned this piece of art for many years now but I’m still touched by the words “Do not be afraid to use what talents you possess…” I move it time to time from one prominent spot to another so that my eyes are reminded not to miss it’s inspiration. It’s good to aspire to be of value and succeed but that’s not a required part of “good works. ” Fearless inspiration is.
This is the fearless inspiration that transforms our aspirations into good works: NLT 2:13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.