Our scripture today is Ephesians 2:4-10.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Paul tells us with no uncertainty that God wants us all to be saved. That has always been His plan and desire for us. Paul writes “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (v. 10), reminding us that we were made for a purpose.
Even when we have strayed from God’s plan and fallen into sin, He has made a way for us to be saved through Christ’s sacrifice for us. When we accept His grace and mercy through repentance, we are raised with Christ to a new life of relationship and responsibility. Jesus taught that while God needs no help, He graciously calls us to be part of His work.
Sometimes we have difficulty seeing what our part in the plan is and we can become discouraged if we feel we’re not making a difference. God doesn’t send us disappointment, that is the enemy trying to distract us and divert us from our call. Jesus told us the evil in the world would oppose us; don’t allow worldly disapproval to keep you from the goal!
Heavenly Father, we know You made each of us for a reason, no one is here accidentally. Help us to hear Your call and work with our brothers and sisters to help bring the world to the truth of Christ. Amen.