- Religion and Philosophy
Week 2...You were Made for Good Works
October 22, 2012
You Were Made for Good Works
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- Ephesians 2:10
There are moments in our lives when we feel like as others would say it, wanting to find ourselves in the midst of this everyday world. Down situations often get a hold of us. There comes some days when we feel like questioning trying to have satisfied reply by what is going on in our life. As we seek within ourselves, the questions just don’t seem to go away. Why does life seems so unfair? Why do i have gorgeous smiles? Why do I constantly seek God in my life? Why am I here?
When we look at an object, it’s always a good idea to know why it’s there. Apparently, it didn’t just suddenly appear. It didn’t just pop out of nowhere at an instance. There has to be a background behind it. There sparks somehow a sense in us of knowing its purpose. We get eager to know the reason it was there in the first place. You see a rice cooker in the kitchen. It took up some space in the dishwashing area. It may probably have some rice for you on the next meal. With its elegant design, you start to notice it. You know full well how to handle it. You can very much place something aside from it but it has its benefits. It has a good use that even though there are times when you feel like it doesn’t remark the place, you just let it be. You allow it to be unchanged. What you get from it has a lot more to say that you start to appreciate it. By its purpose, you slowly see its value.
You weren’t just created to live the life you have now. You weren’t just formed to eat, drink, go to work or sleep again. You weren’t just brought upon to appreciate the sunshine, the rain, the nature or any wonderful stuff there may be. God made a certain you in this world and the book of Ephesians tells much of our purpose. Behind the nice goo-looking you has a background by which God has set it. You were made for good works. You were called according to his name.
When God made Adam, he had set it to account that he should have dominion among the things of the world. It was on God’s purpose that he should look after the creatures there were. Genesis 1:26 tells us “Then God said ’let us make man in our own image, In our likeness and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures along the ground.” Adam was an overseer of what a wonderful creator we have. As we can see God has set it a point that the works of his hands ought to glorify his name by fulfilling the purpose he has bestowed on them. It pleases him to see them in obedience of his will.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus performed many wonders all over Israel. He would often display miracles in front of the people. People were amazed how he had authority even in demons and diseases that he could send them away. He healed the sick, rebuke demons, give sight to the blind, made the lame walk, the deaf be able to hear and many no ordinary works. There was rest in him by which those who are burdened of their disabilities had come for. Those with a no normal condition eagerly went to him. He was the hope by which those who are in distress needed. He went to different towns not only preaching but also baptizing. His actions correspond to his teachings. He was surely a Rabbi by which everyone considers not only by words but by actions.
Every time he was to perform his wonderful works. He makes it a point to show it to his followers. The crowd also made part to the testimony. It was not only for the benefit of those he healed and made well again but also for his disciples. He was setting for them an example of what they would practice. Jesus knew that time will come he will have to leave. He would have to go back to the Father. He would have to bid them farewell on those days. It was appointed even before he was in the world. He had something to fulfil all for the benefit of many. When he would have finished that task, his purpose would be complete and the day did come. His disciples did eventually make their good works bearing his command. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”Matthew 28:19-20. His disciples saw how he was lifted to heaven and disappeared in the clouds.
A picture by which we could translate the message transparently is to see it like this. Let’s look at good works figuratively. If we were to compare doing good works as to walking then God has already prepared in advance the path by which we shall walk in. He has already set the way by which you need not find one. There is nothing like he had made for you and another can’t compare to it. You have to make the first step of that journey because how can you walk with God if you continue to run after other thing? Doing good works for him is like moving forward to knowing him more. He has surprises for you along the way. You need not worry. Trust in him. He has a plan for you. He is with you always even unto the end of the world.