“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Creative people have a unique perspective on what it means to see something that was only a thought, become a finished project. Artists use their materials with precision to make the concept they have come to life. A great musician can go from having an idea in their mind to composing a masterpiece. An excellent writer can go from having the impression of a narrative to writing a novel. However, there is a process in between which is commonly known as ‘work’.
Many of us have great ideas, some of them potentially world changing. But without ‘work’, those ideas will go to the grave with us. This principle originates with God.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works….”
Ephesians was given to us in an old form of Greek. The word “workmanship” comes from the greek word ‘poeima’, this is where we get the English word for poem. The picture Paul is painting for us is striking. He is telling us that everyone of us are a work of art by God, the Great Artist. We are carefully crafted living poems that demonstrate the greatness of God. But Paul goes further than this he tells us that the reason we became a work of art (in Christ) is so that we could do good work.
In other words, one of the reasons we were created is so that we could put the spotlight back on God by doing good. Not doing good for its own sake, but for the sake of making God look great.
As John Wesley put it:
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can"