For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10
We have learned a lot of powerful truths about having a responsive heart. At its core, to be responsive requires action on our part. We actually have to make a decision and do things according to God’s movement in our lives.
Ephesians 2:10 is a powerful reminder that, as believers, we are created by God for a specific purpose. God has a plan for each of us, and we are called to be responsive to His plan by using our unique gifts, talents, and abilities to do good works.
To be responsive to God’s work in our lives, as highlighted by this verse, we must first recognize that we are God’s handiwork. This means acknowledging that we are created by God, and that He has designed us with a specific purpose. We must embrace our identities as God’s children and understand that our value and worth come from our relationship with Him, not from our accomplishments or external factors.
Secondly, we need to be willing to do good work. This means intentionally using our gifts and talents to serve others and further God’s kingdom. As we seek to obey God and help others, we will begin to see how our unique calling fits into His broader plan. This may involve using our talents to serve in our local church, volunteering in our community, or reaching out to those in need.
Finally, being responsive to God’s work means being open to His leading and guidance. This involves praying and seeking the Holy Spirit’s wisdom as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities. As we surrender our plans to God and trust in His leading, we will experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from walking in His will.
Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for creating me as your handiwork and for giving me a unique purpose in this world. Help me be responsive to your work in my life by using my gifts and talents to serve others and to further your kingdom. Guide me by your Holy Spirit, and help me to trust in your leading and guidance, even when it may not align with my own plans or desires. May I walk in your will and experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from serving you. In Jesus’ name, amen.