That is a word we don’t use very often.
But scripture teaches that God is creating a legacy through our lives for the glory of Jesus Christ. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-9
What does it mean to be God’s workmanship?
The word ‘workmanship’ or handiwork in the NIV comes from the Greek word ‘poi-em-a’ from which we get our English word poem. The Greek literally means, ‘that which has been made – a work – a making’. The Greek word meant any work of art, which could mean a song or architecture or poem or a painting.
Ladies, you and I are God’s works of art, his masterpiece, through faith in Jesus Christ.
A legacy in other words.
What does God’s workmanship require of us?
God has called us into His family, when he called us to put our faith in Jesus Christ. We are His workmanship, his masterpiece, created in Christ for Good Works. And Not just any good work but the ones he has prepared for us. The ones he has planned for us to walk in.
Listen to this wise advice from Pastor R. Kent Hughes: “You may prefer another location, but you will glorify God more in the place he has you located in. And whatever the task he has called you too, you will be equipped for it as surely as a bird is capable of flight. And in doing the works he has called you to do, you will be more his workmanship and more and more true to your true self.”
This should be freeing. Not only do our Good works NOT EARN brownie points with God, but, our good works reflect a heart that has been changed by Jesus Christ. Out of the overflow of our love for God, and our gratefulness to him for saving us from his wrath through Jesus’ death and resurrection it overflows with desires to bless others, serve others, and walk in good works.
What is our legacy?
We can think of a legacy as the ‘good work’ God is doing in us over a lifetime that we in turn leave behind for our families like an inheritance. Or we can think of our lives being lived in a way that leaves an imprint on those remaining after our departure or death.
Join us as we build on lives on God’s word in order that our lives would be a legacy to the praise of his glorious grace.