Created for Good Works
Updated: Oct 1
I think sometimes we Christians focus so much on our salvation not being of our own works, but rather of God's grace that we lose sight of the fact that we were in fact created to exhibit God's goodness in the world. You were made to exhibit God's love in action. You were redeemed so that you can exhibit God's love in action. Through faith in Jesus, you are forgiven so that shame and condemnation would no longer hold you back from doing so. And through faith in Jesus, you are empowered by God's Spirit in order to do so. You were not just saved from something, but also to something. The commandments of Jesus are wise and full of true life. They are the way of exhibiting God's love and goodness in the world that we were created and then, through faith in Jesus, redeemed for. So don't downplay your purpose just because you aren't saved by your own goodness. Live out your purpose in Jesus Christ through your love, life, and lips.
New International Version
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
New Living Translation
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
English Standard Version
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.