September 29, 2014

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

How many of you when you were teenagers got the line from your parents (and/or now have given the line as parents to your teenager) “as long as you are under my roof you’ll abide by the rules of this house.” The exact words may vary some but the thought is that parents have the right by virtue of that office to decide the basic rules for the family, at least for the children. Of course, children find this difficult and unfair when they are trying to establish their own independence but many grow up to find that their parents, while not always right, had their best interests at heart and had more wisdom than the child realized at the time. When it comes right down to it, we as humans either were made by something, someone, higher than us or we weren’t and are basically on our own. There is a certain feeling of freedom to think we are only responsible to ourselves for our lives but there is also a deep loneliness and uselessness. The great message of Christianity is that we are made (and remade) by God with things to do that only we with our unique composition and circumstances can do. It’s God’s house and we are the kids who should abide by God’s rules because it is through them that we find out who we really are and what we were made to do. How do you experience yourself as God’s handiwork? How will you live that out this week?

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