“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”–Ephesians 2:10
Notice how carefully he puts works in the right place. You don’t obtain anything from God by working for it. You never deserve anything but judgment at His hand. If He gave us what we deserve, we would all end up in hell. No, we receive His grace, His mercy, His love. But these result in good works. That is the point. They are designed to produce good works. It is a marvelous manifestation of God’s ability.
The word workmanship is really the word poem. We are his poem…. We are his masterpiece. God is working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of His wisdom, His power, His love, His life, His character, His peace, and His joy. He is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing a marvelous masterpiece to be put on display. This is to result in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another, meeting one another’s needs.( Ray Stedman)
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346