For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV
I normally read the NIV bible, but I like to look at other versions as well. A different word choice can add perspective.
I love the way the ESV states this truth about ourselves. We are his workmanship, his handiwork, his masterpiece! He doesn’t create shoddy merchandise. He didn’t just slap some flesh on some bones just to fill a quota. He carefully and lovingly designed each one of us for a purpose.
Our existence isn’t happenstance. We are important to the whole and serve a purpose in the grand design of God’s world. He has purposed us for good works, not mediocrity. When we find out what those works are we are to walk in them, do them, relish them.
I think that sometimes we look at our lives and wish for a different calling, our calling sometimes seems more like real work than we would like to admit. Everyone else seems to be so content in their gifting, their lives seem to be important and dynamic while ours are so mundane and common. This attitude can cripple our ability to walk in God’s way. God sees the beauty in everyday, we should to.
When I start to feel like I don’t matter or the things that I do are just the grunt work that never gets noticed, discouragement seeps into my heart and my head. Sometimes I get bogged down in the ordinary and miss the extraordinary in the world around me. God designed and destined me for a purpose, there is nothing boring about that. I am his workmanship called to walk towards a destiny I can’t even imagine. That is exciting.
The Devil loves it when we twist the bright, excitement of life into something dull and drab. It makes his job so much easier. Enthusiastic people dancing into their gifting and embracing their calling are people he fears, but apathetic people crawling in the dirt and pouting in self-pity are exactly what he wants.
Another problem that can plague believers is not hearing the calling God has placed in our hearts. Some of us need a giant, neon billboard with a blaring speaker just to get our attention. I certainly did. Figuring out exactly what it was that God wants me to do has been very difficult, and it still isn’t evident where he is taking me.
I now have two choices. I can continue to trust and work this course laid before me or I can trust my own designs and whims. Prayerfully and mindfully I enter each day as I try to follow his lead. Avoiding the obstacles like self-doubt and defeatism is hard. Remembering that I am God’s workmanship is hard. Walking the path in front of me is hard especially when I want to run back into the easy of before.
Knowing that it can be hard somehow makes it easier. I could stumble and fall along this journey, but living in fear of a stubbed toe isn’t a good excuse to never move. I want to run into my calling without hesitation. When Peter jumped out of the boat, “he began to walk on the water”. When he noticed the waves, “he began to sink”. I always found that interesting, I have always just sunk when I jumped into water, no halfway-almost-sinking involved. I’m tired of treading water in the storm while the waves wash over me. I want to pursue the life God has always intended with confidence that I am finally on the right path. There isn’t any room for doubt anymore. Even if I never see reward this side of eternity, the walk is worth it.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.