Your Divine Design
- Monday, February 27, 2006
Like a masterful artist, God is painting a picture with your life. He is recreating you in Christ for a specific purpose. You can find out what that purpose is, and you can live in it daily. Paul's letter to the Ephesians spells it out for us. It tells us that God knew each of us before the foundation of the world. He designed us the way we are for a reason, arranged for our salvation, and planned out His extreme makeover process. Not only that, Ephesians 2:10 tells us that He already has a special set of good works He wants us to do. “We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” In Jim's case, God had long ago decided to rescue him, restore him, and give him a ministry of recovery that kept on mushrooming in our church and changing lives in our community. In your case, the makeover will likely look different, but the dynamic will be the same. If you want to know the blueprint for God's extreme makeovers, read Ephesians 2:1-10 sometime. We all start off dead in our sins, captives in a dark world, and objects of God's wrath. But because of His mercy, we were made alive with Jesus and seated with Him in heavenly realms. That has already happened, and we didn't do anything to deserve it. It's pure grace that we receive only by faith. Then - and this is a key point that many Christians don't notice - God desires to show His extraordinary grace in our lives and to lead us into the works we were created for. This is ultimately about Him. Our makeover is a demonstration of His glory. Before and After
How does it happen? Are we like superheroes who walk into a closet as one person and then come out completely transformed? What does 2 Corinthians 5:17 really mean when it says that we who are in Christ are new creatures?
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