May 15

Remembering Our Purpose

By: Pastor Jim Schoon

KEY PASSAGE: Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in

Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”


I am hearing the following phrases daily: “Change is in the air.” “Life will never

be the same.” “We are going to have a new normal.” While they are different

words, the phrases are saying the same thing: Life is, and will be, lived in a new

way.


While that might bring fear and trepidation to some, the Christ-follower can hear

these words with a sense of peace and confidence. In our verse for today, Paul

gives us two reasons why we can live with the “new normal.”


In the first place, we belong to God, who is eternal. His existence does not depend

on circumstances, nor is He limited by time or space. And…we are His

workmanship. He gave us physical life when He created us in His image, and He

gave us spiritual life when we entered a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.

The wonderful truth about this relationship is that it is not dependent on

circumstances…is not limited in time and space…and is…forever. That thought

gave strength and courage to the early church, and it does the same for us today.


Secondly, God created us in Christ “to do good works.” In an email I received this

past week, the author wrote, “In the scramble to adjust, do not forget why you

exist.” As we are living in a changing time, it is easy to focus on our scrambling to

survive, give our frantic attention to what must be done, and forget why we exist.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that in times of calm, as well as in times of change,

God has prepared good works for us to do. Those good works are just waiting for

us to see the opportunity and make them happen! In our “new in Christ” standing

in the Kingdom of God, we exist to serve him wherever we are.


As you go about life today, enjoying the presence of God, look for those good

works that God would like you to do. As you do, your day will be blessed.


Prayer: Our Father in heaven, thank you for creating me in Your image, giving

me new life in Christ, and preparing opportunities for me to encounter. I pray that

You will be patient with me as I discover those opportunities, and equip me to

serve You well. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.