Which God Prepared Beforehand
Be ready and willing to do these good works when He calls.
Galatians 2:2 is great reminder of who we are and what we have in Christ.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life, which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (NASB)
Knowing and understanding your identity in Christ is huge! Applying that knowledge to your gift set and the work that’s before you each day can be a little intimidating at first.
But here’s what I’ve found to be true. As you begin to understand and use your gifts in service to others, you will experience true joy and unmatched freedom. You will be walking in the work for which you were made. How awesome is that?
So how do you do that? To walk in the “good works” He has for you requires the full use of your unique workmanship—all of your capacity and passions with all your heart as for the Lord.
Now comes the fun part of this verse—the part that almost makes you stop in your tracks and wonder, How’d He do that?
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” —Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
“…which God prepared beforehand…” Think about the implications and applications of this phrase to your life right now. When I first read this phrase, I freaked! No, really…I did. You might now be asking yourself the same questions I pondered.
- What about my goals? My plans? The commitments I have already made?
- What if I don’t want to do what He has prepared?
- What if He calls me to Africa or some other place I hadn’t planned?
- How in the world will I figure out what God has prepared for me?
- What if I misunderstand what He’s saying?
- Am I hearing His voice or someone else’s?
- Am I seeing His vision for my future or just a hallucination?
With which of these questions do you identify with the most? What other questions occur to you?
God’s calling is more important than capacity and passions. These are crucial for being a good steward of God’s calling, but they are not the determinants of His calling. His calling was placed on our lives beforehand.
When He made us in our mother’s womb, He knitted us together for a specific purpose. Be sensitive to how you’re made and to God’s calling on your life, and you might find works He has planned since the beginning of time for you to experience and enjoy. Your role is to be ready and willing to do them when He calls.
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