What do you see: Ephesians 2:10

Ephesians 2:10

 For (Q)by grace you have been saved (R)through faith. And this is (S)not your own doing; (T)it is the gift of God(U)not a result of works, (V)so that no one may boast. 10 For (A)we are his workmanship(B)created in Christ Jesus (C)for good works(D)which God prepared beforehand, (E)that we should walk in them.

For though we are not saved for our good works, yet we are saved that we may perform good works, to the glory of God and the benefit of man.  So in looking at this scripture we see a lot of things that we naturally turn away from.  The reason why we turn away is because we have sat ourselves in the center of the universe.  In every aspect of life, we are the captains of the ship.  Everything we do it is for our own good.  Our careers, families, friends, churches, ministries, education, entertainment and anything that we can imagine is all for us.  We may not admit it but we act as if we were “saved” for us alone.  We have personalized Christianity to the point of Christianity not looking like Christianity.

Firstly, God rescues us from ourselves unto salvation by way of faith to believe in Christ Jesus.  This faith is given to us, as we do not ask for it.  We play no part in salvation at all.  It is God’s plan that delivers us and it is his will that we are sanctified and made holy.  Through his refining fire of suffering and growth, we literally become his workmanship.  Just as a beautiful piece of furniture is a carpenter’s workmanship.  Our sanctification is made possible by Christ as we are recreated and continue to be conformed into his image.  The Holy Spirit oversee this process.  As God’s workmanship, we have been made for a purpose just as a car is a designer’s workmanship which is made for the purpose of transportation.  We have a purpose designed by God, which glorifies the workman.  This design has always been present and when we are made over and set apart; we are to carry out this work.

We are to do what God has designed us to do.  The will and purpose for your life is to walk in the good works God has prepared.  God’s will is your will.  We are not our own, even as sinners our will was not our own but it was the flesh’s will.  We are saved to be free to serve God as designed.

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