For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
Prepared In Advance
I do have a plan for your life. I have good works prepared in advance for you to do for me. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. I will work in and through your life. You will go where I send you. You will do all that I ask of you. You will be able to know my will and walk in my ways. I will do in and through your life far beyond what you could have asked, hoped for or even dreamed or imagined. How does all this sound to you? I am overwhelmed. I am taken aback. I am in awe. I am thankful that you will use me according to your purposes and plans. There is nothing else I want to do in life other than your will. That is very good.
You are my workmanship. You are my masterpiece. I am molding and shaping your life. I am preparing you to do the work that I will give you to do for me. Don’t be impatient. Don’t run ahead of me. Be ready and willing to go and do what I have called you to do when you hear my voice. Listen carefully to me. Walk closely with me. Remain in my presence. Receive all that I have done and will do in you. Apart from me you can do nothing that will bear fruit for all eternity. Apart from me your work will amount to nothing. Will you remain in me? Will you allow me to prepare you? Yes Lord, I will remain in you every day of my life. I welcome you to do all your work in me. Make me into the person you want me to become. There no one else I want to be than the person you had in mind when you created me. That is very good.
All that you are, all that you have and all that you hope to be has come to you as a gift. You have not earned your salvation. There is and will be nothing that you will be boast about. You will simply be able to say that you know me and that I have saved you and prepared you to do good works for me. That’s is enough for me. I am all yours. I am your servant. Use my life as you have planned. Yes, I will.
Lord, I know you have a purpose and plan for my life. You have created me as your workmanship. I am your masterpiece. You are molding and shaping my life. You have prepared good works in advance for me to do. Help me to go and do all your good works. Amen
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