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Weekly Devotionals

God’s Handiwork

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10

I have been blessed in this life to have been given a father and a father-in-law who are extremely gifted in woodworking. From birdhouse fences to toy tractors, and from cedar-strip canoes to china cabinets, I have deep appreciation for the precision and dedication to the craft that my dads displayed. Even more than the pride they had when their handiwork was completed, it never compared to the joy they expressed when they were able to gift it to someone else.

God, in all of his power and majesty, could easily create and keep it all to himself, but it gives him greater joy to share with us, his children. We are God’s handiwork, but we are created to participate in his handiwork as well, given that we give credit where credit is due in the Creator.

The grace we have been given, as we receive it in faith, is a gift that nullifies us from obtaining it by any other means. However, our human systems lead us to believe that we can find comfort in what we’ve earned in life, including things from God. As PD preached yesterday, just like we are born into this life without our works, such is true about our spiritual life so we have not even an inch to boast about it.

Instead, the “works” are initiated by God’s “advanced” and “prepared” “handiwork, created in Christ Jesus,” so that we are able to have the capacity, ability, and fruit thereof to fulfill the things in and through us that would benefit the Kingdom of God. In other words, let’s not make this harder than it needs to be when it comes to doing good for God. He has already provided the works, the way, and the worth of it all for us.

It is now on us to walk faithfully and obediently into the most fearfully and wonderfully made handiwork this world has ever seen as we shine the glory of God into a world that God loves enough to die for.

Whose works are you boasting in today?