10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The lead off to this passage is about grace. We’ve all heard about amazing grace – captured in a great song by Wilbur Wilberforce. Great song, inspirational, something about it that resonates. Grace is amazing and it’s the proof of God’s love for us. Why in the world, when we chose to be of the world instead of God, would He even bother with us? Why not just wipe us out? Well, a couple of times, when we’ve gone way, way, over the line, He has reached down and said enough. However, for the most part, He’s let us find our way to Him at our own pace. He still does, but with grace he added a whole new layer, a Texas style highway, to Him. The grace and forgiveness offered by Christ.
Ephesians 2:1-6 (MSG)
2 1-6 It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
What amazes me is how blind I was. “…Was blind but now I see”, right? What amazes me is how amazingly clear the vision God has for us is. What amazes me is how Paul nailed it so accurately when this was written.
What amazes me is how little we’ve changed as a people.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NIV)
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
[a] Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
We were created for good works, in His image, for and of love, to be love. We’ve received amazing grace to fulfil our work. We’ve received a great commission to live the life He created us for and has called us to. Anything else is just us being dead in the world and refusing the gift we’ve been given.
It’s amazing that we, as a people, refuse the grace we’ve been given. It’s even more amazing when we recognize it and decide to live it. Live the “why” He created us for. Live amazing in grace. Live for Him and in the good works He created us for.