The church provided me with a laptop computer the second year we were here. It has become an absolutely vital part of my life and work. I use it constantly to work on sermons, 10/2 Grow devotions, weekly bulletins, and it is used every Sunday as part of our worship service.
The other week the power cord stopped functioning and I really struggled with getting things done. Once a replacement came in the mail I was back in business, and – it may have been just my imagination – but the laptop seemed to operate faster. I was thrilled to have this good thing made new.
The author of the letter to Ephesians makes a comment about who we are. Who made us? How were we created? What are we to do?
There is no doubt that we are a creation of God. He has made us, caused us to come into being, and given us life. He knows our innermost being and our every thought.
But we as mortals are flawed. We have a tendency toward sinfulness and selfishness. We can often fail to be the holy people we are meant to be. But this comment in Ephesians can give us a new hope.
God created heaven and earth. He created us. But he also re-created us through Jesus Christ. We are made into new people. Through Jesus Christ we are redeemed from our sinful nature and purified. We become the good and holy people God intended from the beginning.
And God has made us to do good works in life. He has made us to share love and mercy in the world. He has created us that we might be living representatives of His grace and care.
Through our rebirth through Jesus Christ we are moved closer to the perfect beings God designed us to be. Through the grace and salvation of Jesus we are new people ready to do the holy work God has planned for us. We are re-made as God’s beautiful creations.
DAILY CHALLENGE: What can remind you of your new life?