Monday, February 27, 2012

Created Unto Good Works

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them
Ephesians 2:10

Prayers in Pursuit of God
Part 11 of a
If the only reason we desire to get closer to God is to keep Him for ourselves, then we are not worthy of this closeness. To think that God called us to Himself so that we could just be in His presence is foolish. When God calls us to Himself it is never for our own sake but to accomplish His purposes. Therefore we can say just as God called Jonah to His purpose for Nineveh and Moses to His purpose for Israel, He has called you and me to accomplish His purposes as well.
When considering Ephesians 2:10 it is important to understand that the good works of the above passage are the requirement of God; however they are marked different from the good works that man seeks to accomplish which are as Isaiah 64:6 states seen as “filthy rags” in the eyes of God.
The Apostle Paul is saying that those that have accepted the salvation which is in Christ Jesus are created new creature to do the work of Christ Jesus and to mindfully, and consciously strive to maintain a standard of works and behaviors that glorifies God.
This is in complete contradiction to the awful teaching that suggest that God's will for us is to happy, feel good, live in large homes, and worship is fancy temples. I find this hard to believe that the suffering of Christ was for the happiness of mankind. It just don’t explain the nearly 1 million children that died of starvation in Africa a few years back, nor does it explain the nearly 210 thousand Christian killed across the world every year just because they call the Name of Jesus. If prosperity was God’s will for the Christian then how do we explain these things? Is God a respecter of men?
We simply can’t explain this, and because we can’t, we must say that God’s will for mankind has nothing to do with man's happiness. God will for mankind is for the advancement of His Kingdom and we His workmanship are created to His good works. This is called our ministry, which slightly different for each one of us, yet maintains the same purpose toward God. On to this we pray that we may stay strong mindfully, and consciously striving to maintain a standard of works and behavior does not seek the accolades and praises of man, but the seeks instead to glorify God  Soli Deo Gloria

Let us pray;
Most gracious and loving Father, The Scripture tells me that everything that touches the Altar is made holy. I ask dear father that You might set my body, my soul and my mind upon the Altar, as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto You.
Strengthen me that I may not conform to the things of this world. Transform my mind according to Your perfect will. Create in me a new heart of flesh and strengthen Your Spirit in me.

Have mercy on me Father, according to Your unfailing love and great compassion, and wash away all the sins which I have committed against You. Do not leave me to my own ways, but guide me with the wisdom and power and authority given me by Christ Jesus.
Search my heart Heavenly Father, and burn away the tin and dross of my offensive ways, so that I may be purified and refined like gold for Your Glory. Give me Your wisdom that I may see the needs of the people, and authority and power that through You their needs may be met.
Whether it be in the church or in the market place let the ministry You have ordained for me be fruitful according to Your perfect will. In Jesus’ Name I pray Amen.

Soli Deo Gloria

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