Be Somebody

Posted: October 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

Christ has something He wants to do with us. Let’s read on past Ephesians 2:8 to verse 10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” There are a couple of truths I observe from this verse: First, we are saved to be somebody. Second, we are saved to do something.
Let’s dive into the first one first. “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus.” God has been crafting us to be something special. Recall the story of Moses, do you know how many years God work diligently in the life of Moses before he confronted Pharaoh? Exodus 7:7, informs us that Moses was eighty years old when he spoke to Pharaoh. Eighty! God was crafting Moses to be somebody. God had a plan and when He was ready, He unleashed Moses. The world was never the same. I do not think that all of us have wait around until we are eighty to be unleashed. There are many Biblical examples of God using people at every age, even children. I do think that is essential for us see how God patiently, carefully, attentively, forgivingly, and artistically crafted his servant Moses. Again, God has not changed, He will be just as patient, careful, attentive, forgiving, and artistic in your life. Trust Him. He is a master craftsman creating you to be His masterpiece. You are a somebody. You are the workmanship of God. There is an important word to focus on in this phrase, “For we ARE the workmanship.” It is the word, “ARE.” It is the same tense in the original Greek language. “ARE” is present tense. It does not mean that we will be God’s workmanship when He is done with us sometime in the distant future. You might feel like you are still too much of a mess, like pieces bouncing around in the box still waiting around to be assembled. You don’t have to wait to be God’s workmanship. You already ARE. Many of us may feel like we have made some big mistakes along the way. Maybe you started out great in the beginning. You were pure and excited about your faith, but along the way you feel you became tarnished or unworthy. Re-read the “ARE”- you are God’s workmanship! Your past does not affect the present tense declaration, you are His workmanship. For those of you who struggle with mistakes in your past, take some time, look at every single individual in Biblical narrative, every one of them save Jesus made mistakes, they had funny quirks or multiple, justifiable reasons why God should not use them. Even Jesus, God’s Son was a refugee that grew up in a sketchy hometown born to an unwed mother. In this moment, you ARE all that God needs you to be in order for Him to use you.

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