March 12

Ephesians 2:4-10

“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” vs. 10

We can spend a lot of pointless time wondering about stuff as we live and work in this world. Some think there is great gain in debating the fine points of theology and learning how to articulate our creeds in ever more complex ways. A few are so skillful in such articulations that scarcely anyone can grasp just what it is that they are talking about. The writer to the Ephesians says that by the grace of God we have been set free from such nonsense–the new life in Christ isn’t nearly so complicated as we make it out to be, and we don’t need to be anyone other than who we already are! God has created us in Christ, and we have been raised up in Christ, for a way of life designed to be decorated with good works in every situation and in every circumstance. It’s not that those good works are going to save us or give us choice real estate in the afterlife, that too is nonsense, but we adorn ourselves with goodness because we are saved, because we’ve been bathed in the grace of God. So when we get up in the morning and wonder what it is we are supposed to be doing, there’s no mystery. Every person we encounter is to receive all the love and joy we can muster, with no exceptions. 

Thought for the Day: Why is doing good works such a challenge some days?

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