100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 56
You Are Created in Christ Jesus to Do Good Works (Ephesians 2:10)
Have you ever seen a strong-willed child and wondered what kind of battles his parents endure on a daily basis? Maybe you were that strong-willed child, or perhaps you’re raising one! It amazes me how the strength of one’s character reveals itself in the very beginning. Parents and grandparents quickly recognize the dominant personality traits. My response to such observations- “God has a great purpose for that!”
There are certain things that each of us has been good at ever since we were little kids. Maybe we didn’t use the gift for good, but we were certainly good at it, and with some training, we had potential to use it for good. Take, for instance, the child who can strategize and work a situation to turn in his favor… Sure, it’s manipulation at its finest, but in the adult business world, it’s the gift of reading people well, selling your product in such a way that the potential customer sees no better solution to solving a need, and sealing the deal! See? God has a great purpose for the strategic thinker!
In Scripture, I often look to the example of Aaron. During the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, Moses and Aaron led the people according to God’s divine direction. However, on one occasion when Moses was away from the camp and receiving God’s conditions for Israel’s worship, the people grew impatient and asked Aaron to make a god for them! And he did! He fashioned a calf idol from their donated gold, and they had a pagan- style celebration of their new god.
Aaron had great potential for leading people in worship; however, he was mistaken in solving their need, and, in the process, misled the entire community! Through his story, we see the mercy of God; for, although Israel’s actions angered Him, still the Lord gave them another chance. God selected Aaron to be the first of the Levitical line of Israel’s priesthood- the men who would be separated unto God to live holy lives and to bring God’s people into holy communion with Him through worship according to His Word. Yes, Aaron was indeed gifted in leading others in worship.
What about you? Child of God, you were “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance” for you to do (See Ephesians 2:10). Through the Spirit’s empowerment, the strength you have becomes a powerful tool for revealing the glory of God in the earth. In addition, gifts of the Spirit work in and through you to reveal God’s goodness in ways that far excel your natural abilities. These are supernatural gifts, and through the filling of the Holy Spirit, you operate in one or more of them for the common good of all believers (See 1 Corinthians 12:7-11).
Part of the adventure in your journey with Jesus is discovering God’s potential within you. Jesus said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But through your abiding in Christ, the true vine, you bear much fruit. Yes, you please God by doing the good things He planned in advance for you to do. Jesus said, “This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples” (John 15:8).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21)
Align your life with God’s purpose by simply giving Him your “yes.” Walk in the way He leads you with complete trust that His Presence and empowerment through the Holy Spirit will accomplish the good works in and through you.