For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
Another aspect of God’s handiwork!
Yesterday, Psalm 19:1, was about the heavens declaring the glory of God, and how the firmaments show His handiwork.
Just as that Milky Way and the many wonders of space display God’s glory, we too are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, and to ‘display’ His glory.
Visiting a person who is down on their luck, feeding someone who is hungry, helping someone to buy clothing, or shoveling the sidewalk for an elderly person, are all things that show God’s glory.
Small acts, such as a smile, can make all the difference in someone’s life. That smile might be the rainbow that someone was looking for on a very bleak day.
The great thing about this verse is that it says God hath before ordained that we should walk in these good works. He already ordered, on the menu of our Christian life, for us to do things that please Him, things that will display His love, His brightness, His grace, His glory!
No, they don’t get us to heaven, we only achieve that through the grace of God. Salvation, it is a gift we receive by faith in Jesus Christ, not by anything we have done.
But acts of kindness display God’s glory and His light to a dark and broken world.
Many of us have been in darkness, and we have been broken people, so we know how much it means for someone to display God’s love through good works.
Christmas is a time when God’s greatest gift is on display, and even just sharing God’s great message of how to find grace and forgiveness, is the most wonderful thing someone can do.– spreading that light of the gospel of Christ to a world that is lost in sin.–That is hope to the hopeless.
Only the blood of Jesus can wash away the sins of the world, and make crimson stains as white as snow.But we need to ‘go tell it on the mountain, over the hills, and everywhere!’
Dear Lord, help me to display Your handiwork by doing good things that You’ve already prepared for me to do, and by spreading the gospel light to everyone I know. You are so good to give us grace. We are so undeserving of this act of kindness, giving us Your own life, so that we could have life. Oh, how amazing! Thank You for this time of year that we celebrate the birth of hope, faith, and love. Amen.