Posted by: SandreS | March 15, 2010

We Are His Workmanship – Peace in the Middle of Life’s Greatest Trials, Part 11

Another foundational principle from God’s Word that will guide our hearts to peace, even as we experience life’s great trials, can be found in Ephesians 2:10.

For we are His workmanship …

Sometimes the Christian life is filled with frustration, discouragement and guilt. These are all rooted in self-reliance, and are a failure to lay hold on the reality of God’s workmanship in our lives.

The Concordant Version renders this phrase in Ephesians 2:10 as,

For His achievement are we.

We are His achievement! Think of it. God is busy achieving something in you, regardless of how you see things, or feel about it – God is at work in you!

Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).

For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

From Whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:16).

William R. Newell well articulated the basis of the distresses of the Christian life:

To “hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

To be discouraged is unbelief – as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

The fact is simple: we are not self-made; rather, we are God-made – we are His workmanship, His achievement. The great, wise and almighty God of the universe is steadily at work in your life. You are His handiwork.

Things are not as they appear. This divine work in our lives will culminate in “every man” having the praise of God. This means that one day God will praise you. How could it be otherwise, for after all, you are His workmanship!

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes … and then shall every man have praise of God (I Corinthians 4:5).

If it is true that God has made you and that you have not made yourself, if it is true that He began the work in you and will complete it, then why do you fret so? Why are you so anxious and troubled? Why are you so full of care, frustration and discouragement? After all, is He not God? Is He not in charge? Is not He the Creator, and you are His creature?

Acknowledging this can settle the weary heart and bring peace to the troubled mind. Regardless of the situations that we face, Father is in control – you are His workmanship – you are His achievement. Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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