“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
“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” John 17:4
You and I were put on earth to make a contribution. You weren’t created just to consume resources- to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed each of you to make a difference with your life. You were created to add to life on earth, not just to take from it. God wants you to give something back. The Bible gives us the details:
You were created to serve God. The Bible says, God has created us for a life of good deeds, which He has already prepared for us to do. These “good deeds” are your service. Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes. What God told Jeremiah is also true for each of us: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work” (Jeremiah 1:5). You were placed on this planet for a special assignment.
You were saved to serve God. The Bible says, “It is He who saved us and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was His plan” –2 Timothy 1:9. God redeemed you and I so we could do His “holy work”. You’re not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfill. This gives your life great significance and value. It cost Jesus His own life to purchase our salvation. The Bible reminds us that, “God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God”-1 Corinthians 6:20 We don’t serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what He’s done for us. We owe Him our lives. Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and our future is secured.
What are the good works God has prepared for me?
Many of us would be inclined to answer this question by pointing to specific things Christians tend to do as an expression of their faith. Good works would include: attending worship services, praying regularly, studying Scripture, giving generously from our financial resources, joining a small group, going on mission trips, caring for the poor, working for justice for the oppressed, loving our neighbors, and so forth. These are surely among the good works God has prepared for us. We rightly engage in these activities as people who have been transformed by God’s grace through Christ.
Help me, Lord, to walk in the good works you have in store for me. Help me to be open to all that you would have me do. Teach me to see my whole life as you see it. By your Spirit, may I come to see every moment of every day as an occasion to do good works—including good work—for you. In Jesus Name. Amen.