A WORD FROM WALT
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
What are the “good things he planned for us long ago”? Is it possible for us to know what God wants us to do? If so – and I certainly believe it is – what specific steps are we to take? We began that discussion last Sunday and will continue it this Sunday.
In the meantime, as John Ortberg reminds us, it’s exciting and encouraging to realize that God’s plans for us are unique and special:
The Bible does not say you are God’s appliance; it says you are his masterpiece. Appliances get mass-produced. Masterpieces get hand-crafted. God did not make you exactly like anyone else. Therefore his plan for shaping you will not look like his plan for shaping anyone else.
… he always knows just what each person needs.
He had Abraham take a walk, Elijah take a nap, Joshua take a lap, and Adam take the rap.
He gave Moses a forty-year time out, he gave David a harp and a dance, and he gave Paul a pen and a scroll.
He wrestled with Jacob, argued with Job, whispered to Elijah, warned Cain, and comforted Hagar.
He gave Aaron an altar, Miriam a song, Gideon a fleece, Peter a name, and Elisha a mantle.
Jesus was stern with the rich young ruler, tender with the woman caught in adultery, patient with the disciples, blistering with the scribes, gentle with the children, and gracious with the thief on the cross.
God never grows two people the same way. God is a hand-crafter, not a mass-producer.
Now it is your turn.
From “The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You” pp 48-49
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