Ephesians 2:10 NIV
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
When we make the decision to repent, change our ways, and live our lives according to the will of God, we become new in Jesus.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Everything we have done in our past, before confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, is considered “old.” Now, this does not imply that we will not have to be responsible for the things we have done. No, not at all. Whatever seeds you plant, they will grow and sprout. The fruit or results of your planting will either reproduce fruit of righteousness or sin. Because of God’s mercy and grace, He lessens the punishment, not giving us what we deserve.
“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:8 NKJV
What the scripture in Eohesians does imply is that now that we are new, we were created to produce good works for the glory of God to be revealed. As the scripture says in Ephesians, God prepared this effort of goodness in advance.
- So it was not by mishap that you were touched to give your life to Christ.
- You did not by chance happen to attend a church service with a friend and cry your heart out (as they say) because the minister seemed to be speaking directly to you.
- It is not “strange” that the enemy fights you on EVERYTHING that seems to be good because God, our Father, ordained good to come from you.
You may have failed, but you are not a failure.
Failure is not the essence of what and who you are. Failure of something in your life is just something that happened TO you. It is NOT you. Honey, that failed life event just gave power to your testimony.
God created you, and He made you able to do good. Maybe you have not yet discovered what you were created for, but God has a plan for you. When you fit into God’s plan you will find that God truly made you “a work of His art.”
A donkey could compare itself to a horse and think it was a failure. But bae baeee a donkey was created for things other than running fast.
Pick yourself up! Walk in the goodness you were called to do. Find out what you were created to be and do. Then rejoice as you do it.