My education is in English. I have a degree in it from Vanguard University. You may think it is odd for a pastor to have a degree in English, but I do, and I don’t regret it one bit. I use my education every day in my studying and writing. One area that I never latched on to was poetry. I’m much too literal to pick up on the meaning of most poems. Did you know in God’s eyes your life is a poem?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
Ephesians tells us that we are God’s workmanship. The Greek word for workmanship is poema, which is where we get our word for poem. You are a work of art, beautifully and wonderfully made by your loving creator. He doesn’t look at you as a reject but as one of His children created to do His handiwork. Before the earth was formed, He knew what your purpose was in life. The rest of the world may reject you, but to God, your life is a poem.
If God created us, then there must be a reason. Verse ten tells us that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works. These good works don’t bring our salvation, and they don’t earn us brownie points with God but are a result of what was sown in us at our creation. All of us want to be a part of something bigger than us. God has laid out a path to make that happen. He puts people and opportunities in our life so that we can do these good works. Don’t miss them.
Show Grace and Compassion
It is easy to get jaded by how people have treated you in the past. Don’t let that be a hindrance to moving forward in your faith and serving Jesus. Learn from people like Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers yet showed compassion and grace to them when he encountered them later in life. We don’t have to let past hurt prevent us from doing good works. If you are struggling, go directly to God and ask Him to work on your heart. Your life is a poem, make it an inspiring one.