Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 2:10, ” For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Have you ever fallen victim to one of those e-mails that infects your computer with a virus once you open it up? They usually come disguised as an e-mail from a friend with an encouragement to open up the attached link to view some website. But once you make the mistake of clicking on the link, a whole bunch of bad stuff gets into
your computer and causes nothing but trouble. Don’t you wonder, like I do, what would lead a person to spend the time to create a virus that would distribute itself to strangers in the hopes of ruining one of their most important assets? Of all the uses of one’s time and resources, how does it ever make it to the top of their to-do list to infect as many random computers as possible? So many things make so little sense, and that is truly one of them. But something that does make complete sense is that God has created us, you and me, for good works. By His grace, and through His kindness and good nature, each of us is a handmade creation of our heavenly Father, made with the express purpose of doing good works. And although none of us would take part in creating computer viruses, there are things which we do and think and say which may not fall completely under the good works umbrella.
Sadly, though God has made us for good works and even prepared them beforehand for us to do, we tend to stray even as we go about our business of doing good. While walking along the path that He leads us down, we take a step this way or that, or we reach out and grab some of this or that, tainting the goodness that God intended. Maybe it’s a negative comment amidst an act of service, or a thought of judgment towards someone’s differences or uniqueness. We might think we have our eye on the main thing, but the subtle detours we take as we get from here to there reveal a workmanship that doesn’t completely fit our Maker’s workshop. He made us for good, for good as good as God. And we need to do those good things well. The old bits of ourselves have no part in the new creation that God crafted.
As we seek Him today, make sure the good that you are doing is being done in a good way. Be sure your spirit and heart are reflective of the goodness of your Creator.