“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…”
I am really not a maker of anything, but if I were, I would be rather disappointed if something I had made failed to perform what I designed it to do, for that would only indicate that I am a failure. I do occasionally write poetry and if it doesn’t communicate what I am trying to convey, I will be dismayed, for it signifies that I am deficient in my composing and ways of expression. In another words, only poor writers fail to communicate their ideas, even though “poetry makes nothing happen,” really.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” What did the Lord create all of us to do? Aren’t we all a little bit curious about this? Have we been created merely to make a living in this life and then die, or are there other things besides making a decent living that we must do?
Unfortunately, we seem to make the means as an end itself and devote our entire life to make a better living and to improve our lifestyle. When are we going to come to our senses and become awakened to the fact that we are “created in Christ Jesus to do good works?”
Evidently Adam was made to do “good works,” yet he failed miserably and the Lord again created a holy nation in Christ Jesus to take up the work that Adam had failed to achieve, which is to reveal God’s glorious image in them.
"What must we do to do the works God requires?" the disciples asked the Lord Jesus. What was his reply, then? The response was indeed quite poignant. “"This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." To believe in Him is to reveal what he has placed in us - the glorious image of God. The ones who don’t believe in him are the ones who mostly intend to reveal the animal nature in themselves and lead a lifestyle according to what they believe to be iron-clad truth - Darwinian evolution. I just don’t believe there are other alternatives. We are either God’s children who bear his image or products of billions of years of evolutionary process, bearing the marks of beasts to whom we are closely related.
Therefore what we must strive to do, well, to be more exact, strive to be, is to be more like Christ, which encompasses the “good works” that we must do. Doing something outwardly is merely reflection of our inner selves. We can’t reveal Christ if there is no indwelling of God’s only Son. As simple as that. What the Lord requires from us is according to what we have, not what we don’t have.
What should we then do?
We may be getting rather tired of hearing the same thing repeatedly, yet what’s truly worthwhile is worth repeating. We need to abide in Christ through prayer, reading and meditating on the Scriptures, and worshipping and fellowshipping with fellow Christians. These are all instruments of grace by which God can work through us, making us more like Christ, thus becoming better in revealing God’s image in us.