In Ephesians 2:9-10, Paul made it clear that I am not “saved,” or made right with God, because of my “good works.” Some might conclude that works, then, have nothing to do with the Christian life. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says that I am the work of God. I was created by God with purpose. That purpose is to share intimately with Him and to do “good works.” Which good works am I to do? That is a great question that many of us struggle with from day-to-day. What kind of ministry am I to give my time and energy to in life? Should I be a pastor, volunteer in a free medical clinic, be a teacher in a public school, serve the Lord as a secretary, train up my kids in the way they should go as a stay-at-home mom, offer legal advice to those who need it, but can’t afford it, teach children’s church, be an electrician or plumber who practices my trade in a Christ-like way? The list goes on and on. What am I to do? What “good works” does God want me to do?
I have learned, and am continuing to learn, that I don’t have a clue as to all that lies ahead for me. This use to cause me great anxiety because I wanted to know. Paul says that the good works I am to do–“God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has a “to do” list for me that He knows every detail about for my life. My concern should not be to know, but to live my life prayerfully, with my eyes wide open, so that I might recognize those opportunities when they come my way.
The good works God has prepared for me are not for the purpose of my salvation, but they are the product of my salvation, the results of what God has done, and is doing, in my life.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would give me eyes to see the opportunities to serve and bless others that You have already prepared for me to do for today.