Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 20th, 2016

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Created to do Good Things

Before you woke up today, God had planned that you would be a blessing to others. Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to you today so that you would glorify Christ in your home, work, and recreation.

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Devotion

Six Canadians among 29 killed in the Burkina Faso terror attack this past January included a family of four doing aid work in schools and orphanages. A Toronto Star article entitled “Six Canadians Did Only Good to be Killed by Evil” said the Canadians killed included teachers who had gone to build schools and mothers who had gone to help in orphanages. Four were from the same family, including Yves Carrier, who was leading his wife, daughter and son on the trip on behalf of a local church-affiliated group. They had worked hard to raise their own support for this mission trip, desiring to do good in a region where evil too often wins. Just before the fatal attack the youngest member of the team had called home to say how touched and torn he was by his experience.

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In spite of what the secular humanists who control so much of our lives today, tell us, we are not a product of chance. In fact, just the opposite is true. We are created by a loving God who not only knows us and loves us, but who has a plan for each of our lives. Not only does God have a plan for our lives, He has a purpose as well, and it is clearly revealed in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” We don’t often think of ourselves as masterpieces, but this is the word that Paul uses to describe us here. Consider for a moment what God has done in us and for us. We were once separated from God but by the death of Jesus we who were once far from God are brought into relationship with Him. He has taken our sin and guilt and given us peace and hope. The cliché is true – God doesn’t make junk. He creates masterpieces. And once He has made a masterpiece of us He sends us into the world for a purpose – to do the good things He has planned for us to do. What good has God called you to do? How can you act on His call today? Take time to do what God has planned for you to do.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley