By: Steven Berrios
A Devotional on the book of Ephesians
This morning I woke up the “Birthday Man”. This is what my five year old daughter has been calling me all week leading up to today, my birthday. Birthdays are a great reminder that we should often reflect on the blessings of life.
As I reflected this morning, I was literally brought to tears with the arm's of my children around me. As the day's routines picked up around the house, so did the challenges. This included homework getting done, dinner being prepared and the adventure of getting my two year old son to eat his food before getting his juice. Yet after it all I sit back and write with praise on my lips. You see our blogs are written to keep things real and apply the scriptures to our everyday lives. I'm not going to give anyone an unrealistic picture here. All of our days come with their own set of challenges.
But none of it ever changes the fact that a life made alive in Christ is a blessed life. It's blessed not because our marriages are without its challenges, our children are perfect or our jobs are stress-free. It's blessed because of the truths that we've been reading in the book of Ephesians as a church. Because of the death of Christ on the cross, we have been adopted into the family of God. Because
of Gods great love and rich mercy, we have been chosen by God and because of His power we have been made alive.
In Ephesians 2:10, we are told the remarkable truth that we are God's workmanship. But what does that mean exactly? It means that you are God's great masterpiece. Not your own masterpiece, you belong to God. You are His workmanship. That above any of the challenges, hardships and struggles should cause us to praise Him in the midst of it all. Why? Being “His workmanship” also means that He is at work in you and that the work He is doing in you has purpose. Nothing that God does is without purpose. He is working in you something beautiful. You are His beautiful work of art. You might not see that today. But reflect for a moment on all that He has blessed you with and give Him thanks.
PAUSE AND REFLECT
He has prepared just for you what He has given you to do. What is it today that He has prepared for you? How can you make much of Jesus in your family, workplace, in your parenting, in your marriages, friendships, in your neighborhood and in your church?
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