Saturday, July 4, 2009

Our Way of Life

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:10 NRSV

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Where do these fin in with good works?

What are good works, anyway?

Feeding the hungry.
Clothing the naked.
Housing the homeless.
Studying scripture.
Sharing the good news.
Loving God and neighbor.

I think those would top the list. Maybe you can think of a few others.

And doing good works would make us happy, don't you think? Not a blissful, everything is super in my world kind of way but more in a joyful, peace-centered way.

Certainly being free and alive to do good works would be nice but not essential. I've heard powerful stories of people in prison or facing death who truly exemplified good works - the first being Paul himself!

Because of God's gift of salvation we are free to pursue the life-sustaining happy power of good works.

Praise God! Amen.

Question for the day: what would you add to the list of good works?

Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims

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