A Blueprint for God’s Masterpiece: This annoys me when it happens, and I am quite certain it has happened to you, when someone honks at you just because you were “slow” to move forward when the traffic light turned green. I understand it, we all have important places that we need to go, and sometimes we need a little motivation, like the honk of a horn, to help us get ourselves back into motion.
Perhaps Ephesians 4 is meant to be motivation like that in a spiritual way. We learn in chapters 1 through 3 some of the richest, Christ-centered doctrine that we need to know as God’s masterpiece. But then, as we get into chapter 4, we begin to see that being God’s masterpiece is not just about what we must learn, but how we are meant to live. “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:1-3).
Through your personal faith in Jesus, you are as saved as you will ever be. God has called you to salvation and has already declared you to be His righteous child through the righteousness of Jesus. God has made it so, but now He is challenging you to embrace it and go, to live a life that is worthy of His gracious calling. So consider this question, are you striving to live as He has declared you to be? Maybe you need to find your place in the body of Christ, or to discover your spiritual gifts and how your life can become a platform for God’s mission. Over the next few editions, we will explore what that means. But for now, let God give you that “gentle” nudge to put your life in motion as the masterpiece He has saved you to be. -Jason