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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Working Together With Others, I Can Accomplish More

In review of Ephesians 2:10 it says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Bottom Line:
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

What this means to me:
God has made me who I am, I’m his handiwork. He created me anew through Christ Jesus’ sacrifice and guidance. By placing my trust in Jesus, I’m now positioned to do all the good things which God had prepared in advance for me to do. As such, God had placed me in the world to do a certain work that only I can accomplish. Ephesians says that God made me to do good works and that he planned in advance what I would spend my life doing. However, what I find is that he didn’t plan for me to do this work alone. I need others to work with me. Doing too much work on my own will only get me exhausted and burned out and God never meant for it to be that way. God explains in Ecclesiastes 4:9 that “two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together” (NCV). When I work as a member of a team, I’ll get so much more done. Beside, having good teammates alongside me is more fun and less tiring!  Rick Warren explains that “when we work together here on Earth, we’re actually practicing for eternity. In Heaven, we will all have to work, but each of us will have just a small piece of work, so we’ll never get overloaded or tired. Though no one will carry a heavy burden as each one of us does our small part, all the work will still get done.”  As I walk through life, I need to remember that I’m not supposed to do everything on my own. I need other people to walk and work alongside me. As I learn to share the burden of my work with fellow Christians, I’ll find that I can actually accomplish more for the glory of God.