For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10
We have received so much through God’s grace. Its truly amazing. Our salvation is a result of God’s grace. In the opening of this letter to the Christians in Ephesus, Paul reminds us that this was all initiated by God… Why? “because of his great love for us”. And He always had it planned and mapped out in advance for us to become holy and to be adopted into His family. I love how our lives are described as ‘God’s handiwork’. The word handiwork or workmanship is the Greek word ‘poema’. We are like a beautiful poem that God is writing. Sometimes, I feel like I am a little less than poetic, more like a haiku. (A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count.)
I am saved by grace
Adopted in God’s family
Before I was born
Do I fully understand and appreciate the grace of God operating within my life? How is His power evident?
God, I’m beginning to see that if I let Your power work in my life, I begin to live as a beautiful expression of Your grace and love. I pray others would read the story of my life and see Your handiwork.