Saturday, July 18, 2009

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." (NIV)

Most of us have heard this verse before. Most of us have heard this verse translated this way. Most of us have heard the message that goes with it.

Something to the effect of spending our days searching for that thing - tomorrow, next week, sometime this year, or perhaps a career or path in our life. Some specific "work" that God has prepared in advance for us to do. We can get very emotional sometimes, either being anxious about finding that moment, or about giving God credit for a circumstance that "just happens" to come together at the right moment - even if that moments happens to slap most involved in the face.

Does God sometimes orchestrate moments, and call us to specific paths - both on a daily basis and on a grand "life direction" basis? Sure He does. I believe it. But is that what Paul was talking about in this verse? Nope.

It's more obviously seen in the NRSV translation: "For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before-hand to be our way of life."

It's about a daily existence resourced in the Spirit of God, which leads to a life full of that Spirit bearing fruit in and through us. Good things will happen. "Works" will be accomplished. (no matter what type of "works" we believe Paul was talking about here)

Literally in the Greek it says "en autois peripatesomen" , or IN THEM WE SHOULD WALK. It doesn't say "TO them we should walk", as if these works are some sort of destination we should be aiming for. They are merely a way of walking, a way of living towards God and towards His Kingdom being announced/proclaimed/brought about here on earth.

May we naturally be involved in the works of God in creation, simply (and not so simply) because we seek to be sourced in and transformed by the Spirit of Jesus Christ...both as individuals, and as HIS Church...

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