Keep At It

“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).

The Greek word for handiwork is poema. It literally means that we are God’s poetry, we are God’s masterpiece.

We are God’s masterpiece, not like artwork put in museums for people to marvel at. We are God’s masterpiece so that when people see the work that God is doing in us, they cannot help but see and appreciate the Master artist. That’s how people come to know God.

How is God’s handiwork demonstrated?

Good works. Good deeds.

The lives, actions, and choices of God’s children resembling God.

For this is what we were created for in Christ Jesus. This is what God prepared in advance for us to do.

So how’s that coming?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Your life as a Christian should make non-believers question their unbelief in God.”

If you’re like me, this is an aspiration but not yet a reality. But I do pray and hope that I am getting better at it as time goes by, and I pray and hope that this is true of you.

Because we are sinners we will fail. But failure is not failing unless we quit.

So, keep at it. Keep going. God’s with you.

Come, Follow Me: Two Things Following Jesus Entails

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19).

Come, follow me…

That’s the invitation Jesus makes to every single disciple. Seems simple enough right?

There are two parts to this invitation to follow Jesus.

First, “Come.”

  • In order to follow Jesus, the first thing required is a departure
  • You can’t stay where you are if you are to go to Jesus
  • You have to leave your present dreams, hopes, and life in order to go and follow Jesus
  • The first requirement for following Jesus is a departure of the old life, the life prior to Jesus

The second thing is, “Follow me”

  • In order to learn how to follow Jesus, the second thing required is unlearning to follow myself
  • We’ve lived our entire lives following our own thoughts, our decisions, our hopes, our dreams, our best guesses. And, look where that’s gotten us!!!
  • If we are to follow Jesus we must unlearn our natural patterns and habits of following ourselves

Two things required to follow Jesus: a departure, and an unlearning.

Ready to follow Jesus?

Wait…

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).

Wait.

Not one of your favorite words? Me, either.

So, why would the LORD want us to wait? Wait for what?

What does it mean to wait? What is the posture of the person who is waiting on the LORD? What is the waiting person doing, while waiting for the LORD?

First, waiting for the LORD is not passive. The person who is waiting for the LORD is not idle. They are actively engaged in what they already know to be God’s will.

  • If you are a husband or a wife? Be the most loving and faithful wife or husband while you are waiting for the LORD.
  • If you are single, be holy and chaste. Delight yourself in the LORD and live everyday to the fullest while you are waiting for the LORD.
  • If you are a student, boss, employee, do your best in your studies, business, for your company and customers while you are waiting for the LORD.

Second, the Hebrew word for wait also can be translated as “look.” So, the person who is waiting on the LORD, is constantly looking to God for guidance and direction. The person who is waiting on the LORD is looking at God and waiting for God’s go ahead.

One day you will see why God made you wait.

Finally, if you are currently waiting, know you are in good company.

  • Joseph waited 13 years.
  • Abraham waited 25 years.
  • Moses waited 40 years.
  • Jesus waited 30 years.