For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
1. You are a piece of Art.
For we are His workmanship: God saves us not merely to save us from the wrath we rightly deserve, but also to make something beautiful of us. We are His workmanship, which translates the ancient Greek word poiema. The idea is that we are His beautiful poem. The Jerusalem Bible translates workmanship as “work of art.”
Response - Love your artist.
2. You have a purpose.
Created in Christ Jesus for good works: That beautiful thing God is making of us is active in good works. These are just as much a part of God’s predestined plan as anything else is. These good works are valid evidence that someone is walking as one of God’s chosen.
Response - Lean into your purpose.
3. God has very specific ways he wants to use you to redeem others.
“Which God prepared beforehand.”
Response - Leap by faith into the possibilities right in front of you.
A. Have you died and received salvation by grace?
B. Will you accept your new life by faith?