I have a new favorite scripture and I’m sharing it with you. I love it so much, that I’ve committed it to memory. It’s Ephesians 2:10.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them (living the good life that He prearranged and made ready for us to live.) (AMP)
This Scripture, especially in the Amplified version is so beautiful and powerful, I ask you to please read it again and this time, soak in the words. And when you read it, add “Selah”, which means to pause and calmly think of that.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship). Selah
Think about something you’ve created. Whether it’s a poem you’ve written, a sweater you crocheted, the financial report that you finally finished after months of hard work and late nights. These are things where you feel a sense of pride in your accomplishment. And these are just things. The poem may remain in the notebook. The sweater may one day find itself at the bottom of the drawer. The data in your financial report may become obsolete and you’ll have to do it all over again next month. All these things are temporary.
Now think about this. We are God’s own handiwork. We are products of His workmanship. And He has a sense of pride and accomplishment when He looks at us (even though we are extremely flawed and disappoint Him often). He loves us. So much so that He continues with the verse and says:
Recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew). Selah
God knows that because we’re imperfect, it is impossible to be righteous in His sight. So He blessed us with a gift. Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, we are made righteous. God can enjoy His handiwork in us because of His Son.
That we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us. Selah
Before we were even born, God had a plan for us. Our birthdays just mark our time on earth. But God knew us before we were here, so really all of us are much older than we look.
God has good works planned for us. And we should be doing them. In the Bible, there are times when He says “shall” and those times give us assurance that if we believe, what He says “shall” occur, is 100% certain to occur. Like when He says in Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.
But in this scripture, He says “that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us.” He has things for us to do. He obviously wants us to do them because He set it up ahead of time. But whether or not we do them, has a lot to do with us and how we walk out our lives.
Taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them (living the good life that He prearranged and made ready for us to live.) Selah
He has prepared a way for us!! A way that’s right and righteous. A way of salvation. And salvation means: wholeness, deliverance, victory, prosperity, health, and welfare. He says we should walk in the paths that He’s set for us. He gives us free will to choose, so He’s not going to force us. But He tells us that if we walk in the paths that He set up for us, we will live the good life (and “good life” means something different for each of us). And He says He made the good life ready for us to live!
It’s like when you’re hosting a dinner party. You plan the meal, you make sure you have refreshments, you give thought to how the day is going to play out. And you’d be disappointed, if after all of your planning and running around, your guests were a no-show. That’s what this is like. God is waiting to greet you on the path that He took time to prepare and He’ll be disappointed if you’re a no-show.
Don’t let this go to waste. If you’re not living the good life, your best life, then you are living beneath where God wants you. You’re living on a path that He didn’t set for you. Get off whatever path you’re on and ask Him how to get where you belong. He’ll show you.
Live so that you, Make Your Dreams Your Life!
Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!
– I am not a preacher, evangelist, minister, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God…