“For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Every year instead of a list of resolutions I look to the Lord for a word for the year to focus on. For 2020 my word for the year is REST. And although I am not going to dive into that super deep today, I was reflecting back on why I think the Lord lead me to the word, REST. Part of the reason is that for a while now I’ve struggled with being over-scheduled, over-worked, always teetering on the edge of burnout, with anxiety being the constant hum of the engine that drives me every day.
There are many layers that have contributed to my overall condition, but one of them is that instead of looking at Jesus, I look to see what others are doing around me. My core sin that end’s up being the foundation for much of my own brokenness is my need for approval; approval from others and approval from God. That ends up leading me to either taking on projects that need to be done, or creating projects of my own that I think need to be done. This might seem normal, and might even be applauded (hence why I tend to do it a lot), but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good or right.
Because what’s happened instead of me seeking God who is rightfully the Lord and Ruler of my life since he purchased me at the cross, is that I seek to rule over my own life. The result is exhaustion, anxiety, and a host of other things. But here is what God’s word says,
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
We live in a day and age where visionaries are celebrated, but to be a faithful follower is a second-class act. God doesn’t need me to be a visionary for my own life, he needs me to simply walk in faithfulness for the good works that he has prepared for me. If I were to spend less time trying to fabricate my own good works, I could really focus on seeking what God has already prepared beforehand. The problem is that my soul likes to be busy, and so often I run in business, rather than fruitfulness.
It’s like if you decided you wanted to go for a hike in the woods and you really wanted to get to the top of the mountain. Would you take the path that has already been prepared, and almost guarantees you will get to the top if you trust in the path and don’t give up? Or would you decide to get out your machete and make your own path because you think there is a better way? Of course, you are going to take the path that has already been prepared, but many of us choose to pick up our machete and make our own path in life.
Each one of us is created by God, He formed us in the womb, crafting each one of us uniquely, and He has already set out good works for us to walk into. My hope and prayer is that for you and for me that we might stop looking around at what others are doing around us, and trying to fabricate something the Lord doesn’t need us to do. But rather to look to the one who created us for a purpose, and walk in faithfulness the path he has already prepared. One of my favorite quotes that has stuck with me over the years says this,
“If you tell me I came from an ape then I might just act like one. But if you tell me the God of the universe created me, then I might just look up and ask him for a purpose.”
Let’s stop fabricating, and walk in faithfulness into the good works that have already been uniquely prepared for each of us.