Friday, February 17, 2017

Why Us?

Our WCS Upper School Administrator, Nathan Wagner, is also teaching Senior Bible this year. Nathan required a project of the twelfth graders with one option being blog writing. Two of my favorite former students took that route and I will be sharing their thoughts the next two nights. This is from the wonderful Abigail Diuno.
Many are familiar with Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This is a wonderful verse for so many reasons, and today’s blog will tell you why. In order for everyone to understand this verse in context, I thought breaking it down would be a good idea. First, you might ask, “Who is God?” He is the creator of the universe and all that is in it; He is perfect; He is love. Being God’s handiwork simply means we were made by Him.
So how were we created in Christ Jesus to do good works? It is important to understand that Jesus and God are One before going any further. Jesus is the fulfillment of all God’s promises who came in fleshly form to redeem and save mankind from perishing. Now because of all Jesus has done for us, we get another chance to go out into the world and proclaim the name of the Lord, doing everything in the name of Christ. However, long before the coming of Jesus, God ordained our every step, even before we were knit in our mothers' wombs. From the time of the fall of man to the times where people lived by the Law, down to the coming of Jesus, God has remained the same and His promises for us have never and will never fail.
Why did God choose us? What is our purpose on this earth? The thought of a mighty, immeasurable, and perfect God choosing such imperfect people (all of us) to do great things for His glory is mind boggling. If you stop to think, why wouldn’t God choose us? I mean, He sent His one and only son Jesus to die for us. No one would do that if it weren't for love, and even with love, there is almost no chance of that happening in this day and age. Before the foundation of the earth, God handpicked each and everyone of us, called us by name and gave us a purpose, so that in the end all glory will be to His holy name. God saw the beginning from the end, so our fall and redemption through Jesus Christ did not come by surprise to Him.

Since Jesus has paid the price, it’s time for God to finish what He started. The blood of Christ saved us and as saved people, we do good works to glorify His name. This explains why God chose us. Now, going back to the question of what is our purpose on this earth, it's simply this: to do God’s will. Our purpose could range from one far end of this planet to the other, but it all comes together when it's done in the name of Jesus. God bless, Steve
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