“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
If we only had a month to live, we would surely want to face God with the assurance that we had fulfilled our purpose for being on the planet. It would be embarrassing to stand before God, realizing we had spent all our time, energy and effort in life accomplishing things that were NOT on God’s agenda for us. Today’s scripture gives us the first step for discovering our purpose; the realization that we are God’s workmanship.
The word “workmanship” actually comes from the same word that we get “poem” from. A poem may be complex or it may be simple, but each poem has this in common: it serves to communicate something from the one who wrote it.
You are God’s poem and through you He wants to say something to the world you live in. The verse tells us that what He wants to express is “good” or of benefit to others. The verse also tells us that God isn’t making up our purpose as we roll along through life. As his poem, God wrote every line your life is supposed to express well before our earthly clock started ticking.
One of my favorite poems was written by Roy Lessin and it goes like this:
you’re here not by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else.
You are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
How does the poem God created for your life read? Do you need to ask God to forgive you for declaring your “poem” in a way that is monotone and boring? Ask God to ignite a passion in you that will cause your poem to be read with emotion and a heart of fire. Are you changing the words of God’s poem so that the audience you are with will be more accepting of it? Ask God to keep you true to the message that your poem is called to proclaim.