For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph 2:10)
This is one of my favorite Bible truths. We are His workmanship (poiema, from poieo which means to make). The psalmist declared that we are wonderfully made. Our Savior Jesus Christ believed that we were valuable enough to die for. In fact, we are actually gifts from the Father to the Son*. We are so precious to God that Jesus Christ gives us His glory, and He prays that we, the Church and His body, will be one as the Father and Jesus are one.
We are divine glory-bearers. We are gifts from the Father to the Son. We are God’s creation. He created us to do good works. Selah. This is an incredible truth – God created us, saved us, made us His ambassadors, has divine purposes for us, and then rewards us for doing what He prepared us to do.
Let’s look at another verse, “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” (Phil 1:6) God Almighty, the Great I AM, who is the blessed and only Potentate, King of kings
and Lord of lords has begun a good work in you! You can be confident that your sanctification will be completed (epiteleo=unto completion, fulfillment, accomplishment) you. Don’t we all struggle like the Philippians? In fact, God sees you as already glorified. “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Rom 8:30)
In 2 Thessalonians, Paul prays for a suffering Church to experience God’s goodness as they walk worthy of God’s calling, “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power…”. The word for goodness (agathosyne) is also listed in the fruit of the Spirit. This is what Leon Morris writes, “Paul is praying, then, that God would bring about within the Thessalonians the goodness of will (eudokia means ‘good resolve’ and not merely ‘good desire’) which leads to goodness of action. Paul never thinks of faith as a passive thing, but as something which is ceaselessly active appropriating God’s blessings and using God’s power for God’s service.” [The Epistles of Paul to the Thessalonians, p. 122] Christians are the recipients of the good pleasure of God’s goodness, which should motivate us to do good works. Knowing these truths, we can be overflowing with thankfulness. You see, you are not a mistake. You are a purposeful vessel for the Lord Jesus. And your purpose is to glorify God by doing good works that have already been planned for you. Step out in faith and fulfill God’s plan for your life!
* John 6:37, 39, 44, 65; 10:29; 17:2, 6, 9, 11, 12, 24; 18:9