For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good work, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10)
The word that’s translated “Workmanship” in Greek is “Poiema” and it the word in which we get the English word- “Poem”. So we are God’s poem, we are not something he has manufactured, but we are His creative masterpiece created in Christ Jesus.
What really blesses me when I mediated on this is- when God wanted to show the universe what he could create to display his creative ability to the whole universe and all of it has been created by Him. Just to prove what He can do, HE went to a scrap piece (dust) for His material, and that’s where He formed you and me. At least I know where I was (see- Genesis 2:7). And God says you want to see what I can do out of the scrap? And this is going to be my crown of all my creative genius- it’s the Church of Jesus Christ, the bride of Jesus Christ, that’s what we are, we are His poem, we are His creative masterpiece, we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepare beforehand that we should walk in them.
That brings out the same truth in 2st Timothy 1:9. We don’t have to decide what we are going to do, we don’t have to fashion a career for ourselves, we have to FIND OUT what God has the good work prepare beforehand for us to walk in.
I have seen Christians walk in TWO different courses. Some of them are saved, but are personally ambitious, and they want to make something of by themselves in this world. So they go about the ordinary way, like get, education and so on, they work hard on it and they become something. But it probably isn’t what God intended them to be. And there are other Christians who abandoned themselves to God, they give up their personal ambition. They say, God make me what you want.
Derek’s personal testimony: When I married my first wife and became father to those eight girls, I renounced a very promising university carrier, the leader of my university told me that I will get such and such positions and really I was set for success if you know the British education system before world war-II. If you had become the fellow of King College at Cambridge University at the age of 24, you had it made. And a lot of people, and my friend thought I had thrown off my life away, to give up all that and took responsibility of the eight girls.
Well, if I’d gone back to Cambridge and got the position that maybe I could have got, I would have to retired at the age of 65, if not sooner, with a very minimal pension. Here I am, 74, I am not even thinking of retiring, I am travelling the world. I am doing thing that I enjoy most. I am seeing life continually change. Why should I have not give up for some little career at the university?
You’ve all heard David Livingstone I am sure, the missionary who really opened up Africa, a world famous name. He became a Doctor, and went to Africa. His brother also became a Doctor. So when David went to Africa, his brother though he was doing totally wrong thing. He said, I don’t want that kind of life, I want to make a name for myself. Today, in the British Encyclopedia, David’s brother has just one life- stating he is the brother of David Livingstone, and David has 16 paragraphs.
You see in the long run, it always pays to TRUST GOD. There always will be step of FAITH, and you will always have to give up something. Jesus said, you should give up your own life but if you lose your life, you will find the life that God has for you. Which is exciting, challenging. I don’t suggest for a moment that you will have the same kind of life, but you will have a life that will be rich and exciting and challenging. And when you come to an end of your life, you won’t look back on your many years back that has produce nothing permanent value, you will have fruit that will endure for eternity.
So bear in mind, you are God’s Workmanship, created for something special that He has for you to do. And you will never find full satisfaction until you find that special something.
How to find/steps to discover what God wants you to be?
Continue reading- Romans 12
Excerpt from Derek’s Sermon: How to Find Your Place