“We are created…to do good works.” – Ephesians 2:10 NIV
God uses people like you, regular folks with work and family responsibilities, mortgages and busy lives. The Bible says, “We are…created…to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Note the word “prepared.” It’s the same word that’s used for making sure a team has the training and equipment it needs to win. The truth is, we are “God’s instruments to do His work” (1 Pet. 2:9 TM). When do you know the true value of an instrument? When it’s in the hands of a master! So put your life into the Master’s hands and watch what He does with it. He “saved us…not because of anything we did…but because of God’s purpose…before time began” (2 Tim. 1:9 NCV). And He “has given each of us a gift from His great variety…to serve one another” (1 Pet 4:10 NLT); “gifts…to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church” (Eph 4:11-12 NLT).
Do you still think your life doesn’t count for much? Jesus said, “Go and make followers of all people in the world…Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always” (Mt.28:19-20 NCV). You’re not just another face in the crowd; your life has value and purpose, even on those days when you feel totally inadequate. So, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart since you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” (Col. 3:23-24 NIV). Can you think of any greater incentive than that moment when you stand in His presence and hear, “Well done,” for giving it your best shot?