For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10.
We are his workmanship. It is easy to get this wrong. It is often the case that believers struggle, trying to do everything in their own efforts. We forget that God is the Worker, not us! We don’t have to have all the answers, and we don’t have to fix everything for everybody. We are not the workers, but the workmanship.
This doesn’t mean we just sit and do nothing. Work needs to be done in all earthly relationships, and it is the same with God. If we want to know Him we need to spend time with Him in the Word and prayer. If we want to grow stronger we need to exercise a little discipline. This word is not for the careless and lazy. It is to those who want to please God, but they have got caught up in the mindset of “everything depends upon me.”
Unto good works. God is building us up for good works. Once again the religious mindset grabs hold of this and thinks, “I’ve gotta do something!” “Get busy for the Lord- that’s all He wants!” But this is in the context of grace. It just said in the previous verse that this is not about works, lest any man should boast Eph.2:9.
We are created unto God’s good works, that we should walk in them. I used to think that this was saying, “Get busy and do something for the Lord.” But this is saying that God wants to bring us into His good works, good works that Has already planned for us. Yet many of us believe that God only wants to bring us into trials so that we might be “schooled.” But it doesn’t say that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto troubles and trials. Trials indeed will come and God can still use them in our lives. But there is greater joy in believing that God wants us to walk into His good works. He has thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (not an unexpected tragedy). Jeremiah 29:11.
Believing this will motivate us to do our own good works for the Lord, and I believe it will motivate us better than the legalistic, “I’ve gotta do something” mindset. A musician plays better when he or she is relaxed. Our own works will become greater when we quit trying so hard in the flesh. The joy of faith is to find rest in the Worker, not our works. And we can be confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6.