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Ephesians 2:10: God’s Modern Handiwork

Thursday, November 3, 2016ephesians-2-10

On those days when we feel as though we can do nothing well, we remember.

God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do. (Good News Translation)

On those nights when we worry about the past and fret about the future, we remember.

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. (NRSV)

At those times when we want to celebrate all that we have been able to accomplish in Jesus’ name, we remember.

gods-chiselNow God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (THE MESSAGE)

At those times when we join with others to praise the goodness of God, the strength of Christ, and the consolation of the Spirit, we remember.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (NASB)

At all times and in all ways . . . we remember.

When we use the scripture link to compare varying translations of God’s word, we discover that we are, indeed, God’s beautiful work of art. 

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