Tuesday, January 3, 2012

God's Workmanship

Ephesians 2:1-10

I majored in music therapy in college, so I took a lot of music history and theory classes.  In those classes, I learned about different composers and genres of classical music.  After studying in those classes, I was able to listen to a piece of music and identify the genre and composer.  If the piece was unknown to me, I was able to make an educated guess on who the composer was based on the genre and the overall composition style.  Each composer puts a part of themselves into their music, so many times the listener can hear certain details that are used by a particular composer.  For example, when my husband and I are watching a movie, we can often identify when John Williams composed the score.  When we choose to believe in the gift of salvation we receive through Christ, we are told that God creates us new and we have a new identity as one of His children.  Please read Ephesians 2:1-10.

In this section of scripture we are reminded of what we were like prior to God's work in our lives.  This is important to remember because there are many people who live life believing that if they are good enough they will go to Heaven.  The problem with this line of thinking is where is the line drawn between good and bad?  Everyone has their own line between the two, so how does that work when the decision is made about who should go to Heaven or Hell?  God has His standard which no one has been able to live up to on their own; however, through Christ we can be made right with God.  When we can remember that we are not "good enough" to make it into Heaven on our own, we can be grateful for the gift of salvation.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us that when we become a part of God's family, we are made new in Christ.  Even better, we are told that we are God's workmanship.  This is such a beautiful point to park on for a moment because our lives no longer point to the sinful human nature, but we now have the mark of Christ on us.  Just as I can often identify a composer of a piece of music through their stylistic writing, we should be pointing people to Christ because we are God's workmanship!  People can look at our lives and say, "Only God could do that work!"  A month ago, I had the opportunity to share my testimony with over 500 women which was an opportunity to give God the glory for the work He has done in my life.  It is good to share our testimonies so people can see that we truly are created anew in Christ.

Does your life show God's workmanship?  Do you live out your faith so that it points others to Christ?

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