For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV
It is a tradition that I started the first year Frances and I were married. I often wrote poems for her when we were dating. So, for our first anniversary, I wrote her a poem. Each year for the last twenty years, I have added a new line to the poem for her. The poem is an expression of my love for her and a history of our life together. This is the picture that Paul is painting in his letter to the Ephesians in the use of the word, “workmanship”. Paul lists three characteristics of the poem that God is writing with our lives.
A Poem In Christ
- We are God’s poem in Jesus Christ. Your life has a purpose when you are in Jesus Christ. There is no mistake that Paul is emphasizing our position in Christ. Our position in Christ is the subject of the whole first half of the letter to the Ephesians. Therefore, you cannot truly find purpose in your life apart from Jesus Christ.
- God’s poem of your life consists of good works. Your value in Christ is expressed through the works God has prepared for you. Notice, He prepared them beforehand. In other words, the poem of your life in Christ was written before you placed your faith in Christ. Therefore, embrace the works God has for you to do and let your life be the beautiful poem God intends for it to be.
- God intends for you to walk in the good works. The word “walk” means “to make progress”. So, this speaks to your spiritual growth. As you walk in the good works God has for you, you display Christ-likeness more and more. To walk means to make progress one step at a time. You should not expect to be perfectly Christ-like the day you place your faith in Christ. It is a day by day walk taking one step at a time making progress toward Christ-likeness.