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)
That’s what I want to be. What do you want to be? I want to be your workmanship. In fact, I am very glad that I am your workmanship and I will be your masterpiece. Why is that? If I were my own workmanship, I’m pretty sure that I would look nothing like a masterpiece. I have no idea of how to mold and shape myself into a masterpiece that will be pleasing to you. So, what will you do? Well, you started me on this journey of faith with you. You made it so I could be saved. You forgave all my sins. You cleansed all my unrighteousness. You put your Holy Spirit in me. You have given me a completely new life to live. You have helped me to love and follow and serve you. Yes, I have done all of these things for you. None of what you have done for me could I have accomplished, nor could I have earned or merited any of it. My life of salvation has come to me as a gift. Yes, that’s right. So, I will keep on coming to you. I will keep on relying on you. I will keep on following you to where you lead me. I will keep on doing what you ask of me. I will keep on living in an intimate relationship with you. That will be very good.
What else? I know that you have prepared good works in advance for me to do. You have a purpose and plan for my life. You have work that you want me to join you in doing. It is the desire of my heart to go and do what is pleasing to you. I want to fully live out the new life you have given me to live. I want to faithfully and fruitfully keep on serving you. I know that I will be molded and shaped and changed into a masterpiece day by day and moment by moment, as I love, follow and serve you. So, I will not concern myself with anything other than coming to rely on you. You will do your work in me. You will do your work through me. You will help me to live the life you have called me to live. I will be your workmanship. I will be your masterpiece. Yes, you will. I have no doubt about that. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for giving me your salvation as a gift. There is nothing I could ever do to earn or merit your salvation. Keep on doing your work in and through me. Make me into your masterpiece. Help me to join you in doing the work you have given me to do. Amen
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