“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned ahead of time) that we should walk in them – living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live” (Amplified Bible).
We are His workmanship… literally a poem of His making. God is writing a masterpiece and it is you and me. His work of grace not only saved us, but His work of grace also progressively remakes us. God is rewriting the existence of our lives, line by line, moving words here and there; deleting stanzas; changing the person we used to be – the enemy and persecutor of God, into an obedient, kind and gentle worshiper, happily desiring to carry a cross and follow Him anywhere. Paul, who wrote this passage, was a poem like no other. He was imprisoned, scourged like Christ with the thirty-nine lashes of bone, metal, and stone on five separate occasions, beaten too often to count, shipwrecked and abandoned to the sea, stoned, and left to die in hunger, thirst and exposure. Why did Paul suffer so? He became God’s love poem to the world. God used him to write most of the New Testament, which we read at our leisure in the comfort of a lazyboy in climate controlled homes.
As you pray today, thank God for writing love into our hearts. Petition him to give us grace submit in obedience and to love all people, especially His children who will be attending VBS.
- Thank you, Father that You have made us to be a conduit of Your love, grace, and peace.
- We pray especially for the children who have a limited experience with receiving love. Help them to feel, see, and experience Your love during VBS. Please help them to understand that You created them, they are special and Your very own sonnet of love. Please give them a lasting, eternal memory of Your love for them.
- We pray that Your Holy Spirit will remind each child of Your love during future times of trouble and that they can trust You.
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” (Mother Teresa)